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Friday 07 February 2014

Nemanja Vidic confirms Manchester United exit

Captain seeks new challenge when contract at Old Trafford expires at the end of the season

Vidic has won five Barclays Premier League titles at Old Trafford

Manchester United captain and central defender Nemanja Vidic has confirmed that he will leave the club at the end of the season.

In a statement issued by the defender to ManUtd.com, the Serb said: "It's the last year of my contract and I have had eight wonderful years here. 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. 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.

"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."

Vidic, 32, joined Manchester United in January 2006 from Spartak Moscow and has won five Barclays Premier League titles at Old Trafford as well as the UEFA Champions League in 2008 and FIFA Club World Cup. He has played 201 matches in the Barclays Premier League, of which United have won 144, giving him a win-rate of 71.6%, second only behind former Chelsea defender Paulo Ferreira's 72.3% since he moved to England.

His 92 clean sheets have given Vidic a clean-sheet rate of 46%, second behind Ricardo Carvalho, formerly of Chelsea, for defenders in that same period. He is also second in the number of aerial challenges won (662) behind Sylvain Distin. He has scored 15 League goals for United.

A serious knee injury in December 2011 has limited his appearances in the past two years. He was chosen by the public in their Premier League team of the past 20 seasons in 2012, ahead of illustrious predecessors such as Rio Ferdinand, Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister.

Nemanja Vidic's Barclays Premier League record

Season Apps Gls YC RC W D L F A Pts
2005-2006 11 0 2 0 9 0 2 26 13 27
2006-2007 25 3 7 0 20 3 2 58 16 63
2007-2008 32 1 5 0 23 5 4 65 16 74
2008-2009 34 4 5 2 26 5 3 63 19 83
2009-2010 24 1 8 1 19 2 3 59 16 59
2010-2011 35 5 7 1 21 11 3 75 34 74
2011-2012 6 0 0 0 5 1 0 7 2 16
2012-2013 19 1 2 0 14 3 2 37 14 45
2013-2014 15 0 2 1 7 2 6 20 17 23
Total 201 15 38 5 144 32 25 410 147 464

 

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Key Points

  • Nemanja Vidic says he will leave Manchester United at the end of the season
  • 32-year-old has won five Barclays Premier League titles since moving to Old Trafford in 2006
  • Serb was also voted by public in Premier League's 20 Seasons team