Nemanja Vidic admitted he needs a new challenge after announcing he will bring an end to his eight-year stay at Manchester United at the end of the season.
The Red Devils captain has enjoyed great success during his time at Old Trafford – winning five Premier League titles, the League Cup three times and the Champions League once. He has also won the FA Community Shield on five occasions and lifted the FIFA Club World Cup in 2008. This season the defender has had to deal with United no longer being among the favourites for success in the Premier League, although that is not necessarily thought to be a factor in his decision.
Vidic, who joined United from Spartak Moscow in 2006, is out of contract in the summer and will bid farewell to England, with Inter Milan favourites in the transfer odds to land the 32-year-old.
The former Serbia international said playing for another Premier League club was not an option.
“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’s statement read on Manchester United’s official website.
“However, 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 has been plagued by a knee injury in recent years, a problem which limited him to just 23 appearances last term.
The centre-back is already just two games shy of that figure this campaign but regular football for United has not convinced him to see out his career in Manchester.