Nemanja Vidic to Inter Milan: Nerazzurri Sign Manchester United Defender

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2014

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Nemanja Vidic's summer transfer to Inter Milan has been confirmed by the Serie A club, signalling an end to the Manchester United captain's eight-year spell with the Red Devils:

Although the monstrous Serbian confirmed this would be his last Old Trafford season back on Feb. 7, as reported by United's official website, his next destination was still to be determined. Inter had been touted by many, and with Wednesday's announcement, the 32-year-old's transfer to Serie A has been sealed.

Speaking to the club's official website (h/t Daily Mail's Graeme Yorke), Inter president Erick Thohir outlines just what the signing means for his club:

Vidic is a great champion. I am extremely satisfied with the completion of this agreement that will bring Nemanja to Milan. 

He is one of the strongest defenders in the world, for his characteristics, his international experience, his charisma as a leader will be crucial for the team and the growth of our younger players.

He will add value to the club and will be another pillar for the construction of a great Inter. 

Finally, I want to thank Manchester United, Nemanja and his entourage for his availability and the professionalism shown during the negotiation process.

Yorke also details that Vidic has penned a two-year deal with the option of a third season inserted into his contract, worth a reported £3 million a year.

The Daily Mirror's Oliver Holt believes Wayne Rooney should now take over the captain's armband at United with immediate effect:

Vidic progressed from relative unknown to legendary powerhouse in the United defence, winning five Premier League titles, three League Cups and five Community Shields.

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Undoubtedly the highlight of his tenure was the 2008 Champions League win that saw United overcome English rivals Chelsea at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.

He made his United debut on Jan. 26, 2006, against Blackburn after the club announced his signing on Christmas Day 2005.

As noted by United's official website, the "warrior of a defender" has made 291 appearances to date—a number that would be much improved but for the player's consistent injury troubles in recent times.

Vidic's partnership with Rio Ferdinand defined Sir Alex Ferguson's last great team in charge of United. Although he isn't the quickest, Vidic's ability to read the game, dominate aerially and make important tackles ensures the stalwart will always be fondly remembered at Old Trafford.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12:  Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United celebrates scoring the winning goal with team-mate Nemanja Vidic during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2013 in Manch
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He has made 22 appearances this season, recorded by Vidic averages 1.3 tackles, 2.1 interceptions and 11 clearances per match, ensuring he remains important during this tough season for the Premier League champions.

The Serbian's departure signals a further changing of the guard for United, who said goodbye to Ferguson, the manager's backroom staff and Paul Scholes in the summer.

Vidic has the quality to excel in Serie A, a division which is traditionally prosperous for aging defenders. The likes of Paolo Maldini, Fabio Cannavaro and Lucio all excelled as they approached the latter stages of their careers in Italy, suggesting Vidic will do the same.