Nemanja Vidic’s agent, Silvano Martina, has vehemently dismissed rumours that wanted his client close to agreeing a move to Turkish giants Galatasaray, days after admitting to the Guardian that he “would rule out signing an extension with Manchester United for the time being”.
The United captain’s contract expires in six months, thus allowing the 32-year-old to talk to other clubs, but Martina insisted that Vidic hasn’t agreed terms with another club as yet, despite being linked with a move to the Istanbul outfit – as well as Barcelona and Juventus – over the last couple of days.
“Man United have offered him a renewal and a number of other clubs have approached him,” said Vidic’s agent, who insisted he “knew nothing” of reports linking his client with a move to Turkey, let alone of suggestions that Vidic might have already finalised a deal to swap Old Trafford for the Turkish champions.
“At the moment, I would rule out an extension with United.
“Vidic, given his contract situation, has several teams looking at him. He is a very good player and will have no trouble finding a new club,” continued Vidic’s agent.
“For the time being we are remaining calm.”
With David Moyes eager to freshen up his defence, expect the rumours surrounding Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra to continue at least until the end of January, regardless of what their agents might or might not say.
However, while the decision to allow Ferdinand to leave the club might seem a rather sensible one given that the former England international has lost his place in the starting XI and has turned 35 in November, losing Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra in the same summer could represent a massive blow for the United manager, given the experience both players bring to the dressing room.