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Nemanja Vidic pays tribute to Manchester United after Inter Milan deal

By Robert Jones

The end of one era signals the beginning of a new one for Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic.

Inter Milan announced yesterday that the 32-year-old Serbian, a rock in the centre of United's defence since January 2006, had agreed to join the Italian giants.

The Nerazzurri won five consecutive league titles from 2006 to 2010 but are currently 28 points behind Serie A leaders Juventus.

"It's the last year of my contract and I have had eight wonderful years here," said Vidic (right).

"My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career. The only club I ever wanted to play for here is Manchester United.

"I never could have imagined winning 15 trophies and I will never forget that fantastic (Champions League) night in Moscow, memories that will live with me forever," he added.

Inter president Erick Thohir is hoping the addition of Vidic, a winner of five Premier League titles with Manchester United and one Champions League crown, ushers in a new period of sustained success.

"Vidic is a great champion," he commented.

"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 be another pillar for the construction of a great Inter.

"I want to thank Manchester United for the professionalism shown during the negotiation process."

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