Tag Nemanja Vidic

Tag Nemanja Vidic

What’s going on, Nemanja Vidic?

February 14, 2010 Tags: Opinion 6 comments

There is, as the old cliché goes, no smoke without fire. So it is no without surprise that yet another Nemanja Vidic exit story appeared in today’s press. This time, though, The Times reports that the giant Serbian defender is the target of a mooted summer bid from crosstown rivals Manchester City. A chilling thought in a media-fought battle to keep the defender at Old Trafford.

Despite Vidic’s limited participation this term, with calf and “nerve” injuries limiting the former-Spartak Moscow player to just 13 appearances, the Serbian clearly wants a substantial pay rise. The defender’s contract, worth in the £50,000 per week region until 2012, is not deemed sufficient for a player of his standing. So the rumour goes, at least.

With two years remaining on the contract, the board is yet to open talks with a player who is consistently linked with moves to Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan and now City in the press.

With the board in cost-cutting mode, and Vidic able to command more than £100,000 per week on the open market, it’s a figure that United is unlikely to match in the club’s current economic state.

The fee to secure his services, with two years remaining on the 28-year-old’s contract, could be more than £20 million. It’s a figure that will no doubt have the bean-counters sweating in the Old Trafford boardroom.

In a game that is now being played out openly in the media, United’s management has been less than secretive about its admiration for Everton’s hugely versatile Jack Rodwell and the Danish defender Simon Kjaer, now at Palermo.

The planning for succession, it seems, has already begun. Indeed, the board has already brought in the 20-year-old centre-back Chris Smalling from Fulham in a £10 million deal that could rise to more than £12 million should the player fulfill certain criteria.

Moreover, such is Jonny Evan’s outstanding current form that there is a fair argument to promote the Northern Irish international ahead of Vidic given the Serbian’s limited involvement in the current campaign.

More worrying still is Vidic’s fitness, or lack thereof. In recent matches the defender has trained all week only to pull himself out of the matchday squad. The more cynical observer might question the defender’s commitment to the cause.

It’s a fact that has exasperated Sir Alex Ferguson, with the Scot to say that the player “does not want to hang around,” according to a recent report in the The Guardian.

The player is unwavering in his public commitment to United, stating that he’s happy at the club and reports his wife wants to leave are wide of the mark. He could hardly say anything else if he wants a much improved contract. The suspicious remains that the player has done little to discourage interested continental club’s from following up on their inquiries with firm summer bids.

It all points to a probable exit to the highest bidder come August, with Vidic playing for Serbia at this summer’s World Cup finals in South Africa during June and July.

The player faces a tough opening group including Africa Cup of Nations finalists Ghana, together with Germany and Australia. Perhaps the best United’s board can hope for is that Vidic has an outstanding tournament, adding a few million to the player’s market price.

United players ‘admit Vidic is leaving’

February 5, 2010 Tags: Shorts 10 comments

Nemanja Vidic will leave Manchester United this summer and head for the continent in a £20 million deal, according to the club’s own players, the Guardian reports. The giant Serbian, signed from Spartak Moscow four years ago, has made his mind up to leave and those fears prompted the purchase of Chris Smalling for more than £10 million last month.

Vidic has consistently denied wanting out of the club amid fears that his wife is unhappy in Manchester. But those denials sound trite in full knowledge that the player’s agents are fueling interest among Europe’s leading clubs, including United’s Champions League opponents AC Milan, as well as Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The defender, whose contract ends in June 2012, is yet to ink a new deal with the club and should no signature be forthcoming in the next few months it will accelerate Vidic’s departure in the summer.

Vidic has suffered with a pinched nerve in recent weeks and the defender pulled himself out of the team to face Arsenal last weekend despite making the bench for the Carling Cup semi-final against Manchester City.

Report: Vidic’s heart set on Madrid

January 5, 2010 Tags: Shorts 2 comments

Nemanja Vidic’s desire to leave for Real Madrid is set in stone and the player has fallen out with manager Sir Alex Ferguson, according to reports today. The Serbian, long linked with a move away from the club, has repeatedly denied wanting to leave the club but the defender’s last-minute omission from Sunday’s FA Cup line-up has heightened speculation as the January transfer window opens.

“The tension between Nemanja Vidic and Sir Alex Ferguson has heightened after the Manchester United defender’s last-minute withdrawal from the team humbled by Leeds United,” claims The Times today.

“There was already discord between player and club over his contractual demands, with Vidic seeking to become one of the best-paid members of the squad on more than £100,000 a week. Ferguson fears that the Serbia centre half is using the stand-off to engineer a move to Real Madrid.”

Although United is unlikely to allow the Serbian to move during January under any circumstances, Vidic would be the third high-profile player following David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo to leave for the Spanish capital under Ferguson’s stewardship. Gabriel Heinze and Ruud van Nistelrooy also joined Madrid from United in recent seasons.

Report: Vidic certain to leave

December 30, 2009 Tags: Shorts 5 comments

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is almost certain to leave in the summer of 2010, according to a report in The Times today. The Serbian defender, who cost Untied £7 million from Spartak Moscow three years ago, will move to Real Madrid for £20 million, according to the report. The Serbian’s contract ends in 2012.

“Nemanja Vidic’s days at Manchester United look increasingly numbered, with Real Madrid confident of signing the Serbia defender in the summer,” the report claims.

“Having lured Cristiano Ronaldo from Old Trafford in a world-record £80 million deal in June, Real are planning another raid on the Barclays Premier League champions after identifying Vidic as their first-choice defensive target. Real will face competition from Barcelona and AC Milan, but expect to see off both as they prepare to embark on another frenzied shopping spree after their £220 million outlay last summer.”

Rumours about Vidic’s long-term commitment to the club have surfaced for more than a year, with the defender’s wife apparently unhappy in Manchester. It is a rumour often denied by the former-Spartak player but a new contract that would increase the defender’s wages to more than £100,000 per week is as yet unsigned.

United has already been linked with Bolton Wanderer’s Gary Cahill, Everton’s Jack Rodwell, Simon Kjaer of Palermo and Porto’s Bruno Alves as a replacement.

No case for the defence

October 28, 2009 Tags: , Opinion 1 comment

Less than a year ago Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic was the best central defensive partnership in Europe. Along with goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, the pair kept a series of clean sheets. Now each is a shadow of the former player, lacking in confidence and making errors that are costing Manchester United games and points.

Ferdinand’s recent form has been the subject of much debate. The mistakes include a chipped pass that directly contributed to Manchester City’s third goal, which was only redeemed by Michael Owen’s last-minute goal in the 4-3 derby victory. There was also the former-Leeds player’s mistake for England in the 1-0 defeat against the Ukraine earlier this month. Sunday at Anfield, it was Fernando Torres who out-muscled and outpaced the defender to score the opening goal.

Much of Ferdindand’s poor form is the result of injury and lack of match readiness. The defender has been in and out of the side, playing only a few of the games in which manager Sir Alex Ferguson would have wished. Despite this, most United supporters believe that with a run in the team, Ferdinand’s composure and form will return.

Of more concern is Vidic’s apparent decline. The Serbian, who débuted against City shortly after signing for United in January 2006, made a nightmare start to his Old Trafford career. But the defender’s signature during the winter transfer window allowed the former Spartak Moscow star time and space to adjust to the Premier League by the start of the 2007/2008 season.

Moreover, Vidic complimented Ferdinand. The Serbian became United’s rock to Rio’s continental approach, right up until the nightmare performance against Fernando Torres in United’s 4-1 defeat to Liverpool at Old Trafford in March.

Performances have followed a similar pattern. Against Barcelona in the Champions League final Vidic allowed Samuel Eto’o to waltz past for the opening goal. More recently, during United’s visit to CSKA Moscow, Vidic made repeated mistakes.

Last Sunday, Vidic was unfortunate to pick up an initial booking against Liverpool, with the Anfield crowd playing a significant part. It was also frustrating to witness the defender sent off for hauling down Dirk Kuyt, when Jamie Carragher got away with a booking for the same crime. But let us not forget the Serbian’s mistake in fouling Kuyt in the first place.

Aside from a bruised nose – and lost bragging rights – Sunday’s match matters little in the grand scheme. Liverpool, not good enough to mount a serious title challenge, will take victory as a season’s highlight. United fans can forget about defeat when celebrating a 19th league title in May. Nobody needs reminding of that fact more than Liverpool.

Of more immediate concern, though, is how to restore Ferdinand and Vidic to the finest central defensive partnership Europe has seen, and fast.

Who should be United's central defensive partnership?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Vidic: “We’re paid loads of money”

September 14, 2009 Tags: Shorts 2 comments

Manchester United can win both the Premier League and Champions League this season, with or without Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez, according to Nemanja Vidic. Speaking to the RedRants website, the Serbian defender, who has recently returned to the United side following an ankle injury, says that the players are paid “loads of money” to win, so that’s what they’ll do. Nice to know its all for the love of the badge.

“Perhaps on paper we are weaker this season, but on the pitch it is a different matter. It is true that we will miss Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez for their goals. We cannot deny that,” said Vidic in an exclusive interview with the RedRants website.

“But this United squad really has enormous potential because we have so many talented youngsters who are improving all the time.

“The desire to win the Champions League trophy again never wanes. I can assure you that everyone at Manchester United will be very unhappy if we fail to win the competition this season.

“Our expectations have not gone down at all because of the rebuilding. Our goals are exactly the same. To win the Premier League and to win the Champions League.

“The season is very long and we know what it means to be a Manchester United player. Everyone gives their all against us. But that’s no problem for us. We are paid loads of money to win and that is what we intend to do.”

Source: www.redrants.com

Vidic: “I’m going nowhere”

August 25, 2009 Tags: Shorts No comments

Nemanja Vidic has rubbished reports that he is set to leave Manchester United for Barcelona this summer and reiterated his commitment to the club. The player has been linked with the European champions amid reports that his wife is unsettled in Manchester. However, the big Serbian defender, who was United’s Player of the Season last campaign told reporters that he has no intention of leaving.

“Anyone who is a fan of United or the players would only have to see how I played to know how committed I am to United,” he said.

“I never speak about my future so I don’t really know why someone else does. I spoke with my agent about this and what he said. I know about all the rumours about me but I don’t want it to have an impact on the club. It’s not a good time for my club to be hearing those rumours.”

United fighting dawn of a new age

August 19, 2009 Tags: Opinion 4 comments

Whereas losing one prominent player this summer was unfortunate, and two somewhat careless, three would represent an unmitigated disaster. It is for this reason that no amount of money will take United’s Player of the Year, Nemanja Vidic, to European Champions Barcelona this summer. No matter how much his wife, Ana, is apparently demanding it.

While in this case there is no smoke without fire – rumours have been circulating about Vidic for months – United’s refusal to even countenance a transfer of the giant Serbian defender this summer is about more than the short-term impact on the team. United’s manager Sir Alex Ferguson and his board know that the club must reimpose itself in the European hierarchy if it is to not fall behind its closest rivals. Usurped as European Champions by Barcelona, outspent by Real Madrid, and upstaged by neighbours Manchester City, United risks losing its status as one of the premier destinations for the continent’s leading players.

But attracting and keeping top talent its no easy task for United in the current environment, even without taking into account the impact of the club’s £700 million corporate debt. Tax changes and the degradation of the Pound against the Euro means that continental clubs effectively only have to offer half the amount United are willing to pay players to remain competitive. Barcelona, for example, can probably make a net offer that is 50% more than United’s mooted new contract offer of £100,000 gross per week to Vidic. Mrs Vidic can buy an awful lot of designer handbags for that.

The impact of these changes has been felt across the Premier League this summer, with fewer big money overseas imports arriving in England. United, for example, saw Karim Benzema’s price rise an equivalent of about 40% simply because of the forex market impact over the past 12 months. However, the club by refusing to pay market prices this summer, no matter how overinflated, has moved itself down the football food chain.

The loss of Cristiano Ronaldo has also sent out a clear and unambiguous message; unhappy players will eventually be allowed to move, albeit at the right price. “It would be a dream for Vidic to play for Barcelona as he wants to play in La Liga,” Vidic’s agent Paolo Fabbri reportedly told Catalunya Radio RAC1. Note the word ‘dream’. While rapidly denied, his agent’s quote would appear to be no accident. Vidic has been linked with AC Milan prior to Barcelona, and Real Madrid would jump at the chance to sign a defender of Vidic’s quality.

The rapid development of Johnny Evans means that United could probably afford to lose Vidic in a year’s time. Although with Vidic the younger of central defensive pairing with Ferdinand, Ferguson would have earmarked Evans as the England international’s natural replacement. United may have stocks of talented defenders in reserve – Corey, the younger of the Evans brothers, James Chester and Craig Cathcart – but their promise is no match for the proven talents of the Serb.

As for Vidic, United will need to come up with a big new deal to test the player’s ‘commitment’, pr his wife will get her wish to stroll Las Ramblas rather than the Trafford Quays in 12 months time. In the meantime, as United’s hugely embarrassing 1-0 loss at Burnley demonstrates, the team will welcome the defender back with open arms once he has recovered from a long-term calf strain.

Poll: should United stop Vidic leaving?

August 19, 2009 Tags: Polls 6 comments

Nemanja Vidic has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer, with Barcelona reportedly interested in the giant Serbian defender. It would be a huge loss to the team – and United is said to be preparing a huge pay rise for last season’s Player of the Year, which will take the Serb’s earnings to more than £100,000 per week.

But with persistent rumours that Vidic’s wife is unhappy in Manchester and pushing for a move to Europe, and the player’s agent apparently quoted in the Spanish press as saying his client “dreams” of a move to Camp Nou, should United stop the player leaving?

Should United let Nemanja Vidic move to Barcelona?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...