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Manchester United Captain Vidic To Leave Club
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has announced that he will leave the club at the end of the season.
The 32-year-old defender's contract expires in the summer and Italian side Inter Milan are tipped to secure his signature.
The timing of the Serbian's announcement may spark further anxiety among Manchester United fans, many of whom have been unhappy with the club's progress since David Moyes took over as manager from Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Premier League champions are currently seventh in the table, trailing leaders Arsenal by 15 points.
Moyes had previously indicated that he would like Vidic - club captain since 2010 - to stay, but it is thought he had not been offered a contract extension.
In a statement released by the Old Trafford club, Vidic said: "I have decided that I will move on at the end of this season.
"I want to challenge myself again and try to make the best of myself in the coming years.
"I'm not considering staying in England as the only club I ever wanted to play for here is Manchester United and I was lucky enough to be part of this club for so many years.
"I've got a few options to move on and I will choose the right one for me and for my family."
Vidic signed for the Red Devils in 2005 and was paired with Rio Ferdinand in the last great central defensive partnership of Sir Alex's reign, winning 15 trophies including a Champions League winners medal in Russia in 2008.
Last May he skippered the side to their historic 20th top flight league success - their last under Sir Alex.
But he was limited to 19 league appearances in that campaign as he battled a serious knee injury which had troubled him since 2011.
"It's the last year of my contract and I have had eight wonderful years here," Vidic said.
"My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career.
"I never could have imagined winning 15 trophies and I will certainly never forget that fantastic night in Moscow, memories that will live with me and the fans forever."
Vidic is available for this weekend's league clash against Fulham after serving a three-match suspension following his dismissal against Chelsea last month.
He said: "I am now going to focus all my efforts on playing for Manchester United and do the best I can for the team until the end of the season.
"I hope this stops any further speculation about my future."