United legend Vidic hangs up his boots

Date published: Friday 29th January 2016 12:40

Nemanja Vidic: Decided to retire

Former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has announced his retirement after a 16-year professional career.

The 34-year-old former Serbia centre-back recently had his Inter Milan contract terminated by mutual consent after a hernia and back injuries curtailed his involvement this season.

Vidic, who signed for United from Spartak Moscow for £7million in 2006, failed to make an appearance for Inter this season, but he did make 28 appearances last season, scoring once after moving to the Serie A side in July 2014.

In a statement released via the United website, former Captain Vidic said: “The time has come for me to hang up my boots. The injuries I have had in the last few years have taken their toll.

“I would like to thank all the players I have played with, all the managers and staff I have worked with, and say a big ‘thank you’ to the fans for their support over the years.”

The Serbian centre-back, who started his career at Red Star Belgrade, spent eight years at Old Trafford, winning five Premier League titles, 3 League Cups and the Champions League under Sir Alex Ferguson, but departed for the Italian club in 2014.

Vidic, who won the Champions League and five Premier League titles while at Old Trafford in 300 appearances for the club, issued a message to the Inter fans earlier this month.

“I would like to thank the Nerazzurri family and the Inter fans. I would like to wish the club the greatest success in the future. Forza Inter forever!”

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