Nemanja Vidic has been nothing but a loyal and magnificent servant to Manchester United over the years - but this will be his final campaign as a Red Devil.
He announced the news at the start of the month, stating:
"I'm not considering staying in England as the only club I ever wanted to play for here is Manchester United. I never could have imagined winning 15 trophies. However I have decided I will move on at the end of this season. I want to challenge myself again."
In recent years the club captain has struggled with back and knee injuries - often leaving him side-lined for large chunks of time. The physical effects of these injury problems have been clear. He has lost a yard of pace, a spring in his once-characteristic leap and a certain steel from his once all or nothing approach has appeared to have dissipated.
As much as he will be missed - the Premier League no longer agrees with the physical condition of this legend, and a move to a different league in Europe makes sense.
Immediately Italy sprang to mind.
He is perfectly suited to Serie A football and in the past has been linked with a move to the country.
It has been continuously reported that Inter Milan are the favourites to sign the Serbian. The Nerazzuri can begin to negotiate with him now as his contract expires at the end of the season - and a pre-contract agreement can even be reached before the summer.
And it appears they are in the process of doing just that.
Inter Milan’s new owner Erick Thohir has been speaking to FcInterNews.it upon just his third visit from Indonesia since purchasing the club last year.
One of the questions put to him was over the talks with Vidic - and whether he was going to be an Inter Milan player in 2014-15 - to which he responded:
"Cannot say more than that 90% is done. When everything is defined will make an announcement. Do not let me say anything that is not concrete yet."
So it seems Vidic’s next destination will be Milan after all - and every United fan will no doubt wish him luck in his new adventure.
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