Nemanja Vidic will likely stay at Internazionale next season, claims his agent, therefore ruling out a possible return to Manchester United.
The Serbian international was a huge influence at Old Trafford following his move from Spartak Belgrade in January 2006, winning a host of honours before leaving at the end of last season when his contract expired. But as the Reds have looked far from solid without his presence in the back four, he has been linked with a sensational return to Manchester.
Vidic has failed to find his very best form for the Nerazzurri, who are enduring another difficult campaign domestically. Walter Mazzarri was dismissed from his position as head coach in November to be replaced by Roberto Mancini, yet the former Manchester City boss has yet to have the desired impact as Inter remain in ninth place in Serie A.
It has been suggested that Louis van Gaal is prepared to offer the 33-year-old defender a return to United during the summer, especially as there are doubts over the futures of his current options. However, it looks unlikely that Vidic will be heading back to the club he served so well for eight-and-a-half years, with his agent expecting him to remain in Italy.
When asked if Vidic would stay at Inter beyond the end of the current season, Silvano Martina told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I think he should, yes, because he has another two years left on his contract. In fact, I want to reveal something. Last year, he made a specific choice to come to Milan, even though United wanted to keep him and kept calling up to December.”
During his time in Manchester, Vidic helped United to five Premier League titles, three League Cups and, perhaps most memorable of all, the UEFA Champions League in 2008 when they defeated Chelsea in a Moscow penalty shootout. In all competitions he made 300 appearances for the Reds, and succeeded Gary Neville as captain of the team in 2010.