David Moyes lifts lid on Nemanja Vidic’s decision to leave Man Utd

David Moyes says Nemanja Vidic's decision to quit Manchester United in the summer was reached "mutually"

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Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidić Photo: marc_tacoma/Flickr

David Moyes insists that Nemanja Vidic’s decision to leave Manchester United was agreed “mutually” and confirmed that the Serb will remain as captain until the end of the season.

The 32-year-old announced that he would be leaving Old Trafford when his contract expires at the end of the season on Thursday following speculation about the defender’s future.

He felt it was the right time for him so we will get on with it and we will move on

David Moyes

“It was something that we all mutually agreed together. Me, and Nemanja and I think it was the right decision for club and player,” Moyes said.

“I think people know that I have things in my mind that I want to do, what I want to change over time. I can’t do it overnight but that wasn’t the reason for this.

“This is a decision which has been mutually decided together. He felt it was the right time for him so we will get on with it and we will move on.”

Vidic has won five Premier League titles, three League Cups and the Champions League in 2008 during eight years at the Red Devils following a £7m move from Spartak Moscow in 2006.

Asked if Vidic was at risk of losing focus now that his exit has been confirmed, Moyes added: “Not somebody like Vida given his concentration, the type of man he is and the leader he is.

“He has been a great leader for the club, he has served the club brilliantly well and I would expect that to continue right until the end of the season.”

Vidic confirmed that he would not be seeking a move to another club in England when he leaves the Red Devils.

“I’m not considering staying in England as the only club I ever wanted to play for here is Manchester United and I was lucky enough to be part of this club for so many years,” said Vidic. “I’ve got a few options to move on and I will choose the right one for me and for my family.

“My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career,” he added.

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