This morning, the Daily Mail ran an ‘exclusive’ claiming Nemanja Vidic would be offered what they called “a lucrative final pay day by ambitious Galatasaray”.
Following previous quotes from his agent suggesting that a contract-extension at Manchester United was unlikely, suddenly the world and his dog were linked with the Serbian. Well, at least Barcelona, Napoli and a few others.
And here was the club currently managed by former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini reportedly heading the pile.
There were even claims in some quarters that Vidic had already signed a pre-contract agreement with the Turkish side; something his agent has since dismissed.
And now Mancini has had his say on the rumours, and it does not appear the 32-year-old will be teaming up with the likes of Didier Drogba anytime soon.
In an interview published by Turkishfootball.com, Mancini is quoted as saying, “Every manager would want a player as experienced as Vidic in their team.
“He is the type of player who can really make the difference; however, I need a player who can play Champions League football.
“It doesn’t matter how good he is, I need a player ahead for the Champions League urgently and as a result Vidic isn’t in our plans.”
In a sense Mancini did not answer the question; at least not the one United fans would most want answering.
There was never any suggestion that Vidic would leave this month. But as for next season? For now, that remains a mystery.
But if the defender is as good as Mancini believes there will be plenty of teams besides Galatasaray keen to take him…if he really is approaching his final few months at Old Trafford.
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