Moyes - Vidic's decision to leave was 'mutual'

It was announced late last night that this season would be Vidic's last at the club.

Manchester United manager David Moyes has said the decision to allow Nemanja Vidic to leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the season was mutual between him and the defender.

There has been a lot of speculation over the Serb’s future this season with reports strongly linking him with a move to several Serie A clubs, and his agent has been quoted saying that other clubs are keen to sign him. 

The United boss said: ‘I think it was the right decision for both the club and the player.

‘What I discussed with him will remain private but he has been a brilliant servant and captain for Manchester United. He is captain and will remain captain until the end of the season. He has been a great player for us and we will continue to play him.

‘I think people know that I’ve got things in my mind that I want to do and things I wanted to change in time. I can’t do it all overnight. That wasn’t the reason for this. As I said, this was a decision that we mutually decided together. He felt it was the right time for him. We’ll get on with it and we’ll move on.’

The announcement seems to further the need for Moyes to bring in defensive reinforcements in the summer as he looks to rebuild the side, with fellow experienced defensive players in the form of Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra both potentially heading towards the exit door as their contracts expire in the summer.

Vidic has been a big influence at the heart of the United defence in recent years, with former teammate Gary Neville hailing him as the best defender in the league for three years of his stint at Old Trafford, and his partnership with Rio Ferdinand as the best he had ever played with.

The Serbian still has the chance of nothing up 300 appearances for the club this season and has won five league titles, three league cups and the Champions League.

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