Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has left his current club Inter Milan after the Serbian defender’s contract was terminated by mutual consent, the Italian giants informed on Monday.
The 34-year-old veteran defender joined Inter in July 2014 after spending 9 long seasons with Manchester United and since then made 28 appearances last season but has been out of action due to a long-term back injury this term.
“F.C. Internazionale would like to announce that the club has terminated Nemanja Vidic’s contract by mutual consent,” Inter said on its official website.
Nemanja Vidic, who used to enjoy a formidable partnership with Rio Ferdinand at the heart of the Manchester United defence and managed to win five English Premier League titles as well as the Champions League in 2008, thanked Inter Milan and the Serie A club’s supporters.
“I would like to wish the club the greatest success in the future. Forza Inter forever!” said the 34-year-old.
As soon as the news came that the veteran defender is now a free agent Manchester United fans have called for him to be signed quickly but United boss Louis van Gaal has not shown any interest towards Vidic, as he failed to get a look in at an Inter Milan side that sits only third in Serie A currently.
Vidic had been heavily linked to MLS outfit D.C. United in recent weeks, as the Major League Soccer side and Inter Milan share an owner, Erick Thohir. However, D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper informed that the club was not interested in signing Vidic, which seems to take them out of the race to land the Serbian defender.
While no confirmed links to other MLS sides have come into light of late, rumours continue to mount that he could join the MLS, and as he is now a free agent, it certainly makes the 34-year-old defender more appealing to potential clubs who looks for more experiences in their defence.
Vidic came through the youth ranks of Red Star Belgrade before arriving at Manchester United for a fee of £7million in December 2005 leaving Spartak Moscow. He went on to become one of the most celebrated players at Old Trafford in recent years.
Apart from his extensive trophy haul at Manchester United, Nemanja Vidic played 56 matches for Serbia between 2002 and 2011.