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Manchester United: Nemanja Vidic Rules out Move to Juventus or Barcelona

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United celebrates victory at the final whistle during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park on December 3, 2011 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistOctober 11, 2012

Nemanja Vidic's future remains at Old Trafford.

The 30-year-old defender is ignoring rumours suggesting he could join Juventus or Barcelona in January.

His Italian agent has been quick to quash reports of a move away from Manchester. Silvano Martina spoke to itasportpress.it, as reported by ESPN:

Vidic is not playing at this time because he's had surgery, so he's only thinking about his recovery and not about the transfer market. 

Juventus are complete with their non-EU players for this season and it is highly unlikely they will make a bid for Vidic, therefore I can categorically rule out any interest from them.

Vidic is already part of a top club and there are no negotiations with Juventus or Barcelona.

The influential Serbian is currently sidelined with yet another injury.

His United career has been littered with lengthy spells on the treatment table. Last season, he made just six Premier League starts and two appearances in the Champions League.

Vidic regained fitness for the start of the 2012-13 campaign. After sitting out the domestic clash against Liverpool with a tight knee, the seriousness of his pain quickly escalated. A scan showed surgery was needed to correct the problem.

He has already missed important fixtures against Tottenham and Newcastle. The centre-back is scheduled to sit out against Arsenal, Chelsea, and various Champions League encounters.

Martina's comments amount to nothing more than a routine dismissal.

Vidic must focus on his rehabilitation.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side face a difficult task in overcoming the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea for the Premier League title. The squad needs Vidic to be healthy, especially after some terrible defensive displays in recent times.

The defender hasn't been entirely comfortable since his return at the start of the season.

In four Premier League appearances he has averaged 0.8 tackles, one interception and six clearances. His pass success rate currently stands at 90.5 percent.

Vidic's statistics echo the efforts of Jonny Evans.

The 24-year-old Northern Irishman has produced one tackle, 0.8 interceptions and six clearances on average. Across three starts and one substitute appearance, Evans' pass success ratio is 90.2 percent.

Despite some major criticism for his display against Tottenham, Rio Ferdinand has posted impressive figures so far this season. He has averaged 2.6 tackles, two interceptions and 12.2 clearances in five Premier League outings. His pass success ratio also trumps his fellow centre-backs, amounting to 94.3 percent.

Such comparisons underline Vidic's importance to the club. The team often struggles to grind out results when he isn't on form.

While it's encouraging to read Martina's comments, I find it difficult to understand why Juventus or Barcelona would be interested in Vidic's services right now.

Two years remain on his contract. Europe's top clubs began to circle before he signed a four-year extension back in 2010 (via The Telegraph). Have we reached that time again?

Vidic has a job to do at Old Trafford. The Serbian defender faces the toughest season of his life when he returns to full fitness.

United will need his full focus and commitment if they are to regain the Premier League crown this season.

 

All statistics in this article are courtesy of Whoscored.

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