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Nemanja Vidic signs new Manchester United contract

L-R: David Gill, Nemanja Vidic and Sir Alex Ferguson
Vidic arrived at Old Trafford from Spartak Moscow in January, 2006

Nemanja Vidic has signed a new four-year contract at Manchester United, drawing a line under speculation he could leave the club.

The 28-year-old centre-back was consistently linked with AC Milan and Real Madrid this summer.

But United chief executive David Gill revealed Vidic had agreed terms on a new long-term contract in July.

"This kills all the silly speculation over the past months," said United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

"Nemanja has developed into one of the best centre-halves in Europe and we are pleased he will be here for many years to come."


Vidic arrived from Spartak Moscow in January 2006, going on to establish himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier League and, many observers argued, the world.

He won three successive league titles and his solid central partnership with England international Rio Ferdinand was considered one of the vital components of United's 2008 Champions League triumph.

"I came to this club when I was young and have developed enormously with the help of the manager, coaching staff and my team-mates," added Vidic.

Manchester United at the World Cup

"During my time here we have had a lot of success and I look forward to continuing that success in the coming seasons."

Reports early this year had suggested that he, and specifically his wife, Ana, were unhappy with life in the North West.

And that speculation again gathered momentum during a summer in which Vidic captained his country to group-stage elimination at the World Cup in South Africa.

Ferguson expects to be without knee-injury victim Ferdinand until the end of September so John O'Shea, Wes Brown and Chris Smalling will aim to partner Vidic in the centre of defence.

Serbia captain Vidic concedes a penalty against Germany in 2010 World Cup group match

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