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Jan 14, 2014

Mancini not chasing Nemanja Vidic

Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini has denied he is attempting to sign Nemanja Vidic.

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The former Manchester City manager admitted he is an admirer of the Manchester United captain, who is out of contract at Old Trafford in the summer, but said he will not move for the Serb in the January transfer window.

Vidic’s future has been the subject of speculation with United reportedly eager to extend his deal at Old Trafford for a further year and his agent, Silvano Martina, claiming the defender would not stay.

The 32-year-old, who joined United from Spartak Moscow in 2006, will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season and has been linked with Juventus, Roma, Napoli, Monaco and Galatasaray.

And Mancini said in the Express: "Every manager would want a player as experienced as Vidic on their team.

"He is the type of player who can really make a difference, however, I need a player who can play Champions League football.

"It doesn't matter how good he is I need a player ahead for the Champions League urgently and as a result Vidic isn't in our plans."

United could lose three stalwarts of their back four next summer when Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra’s current contracts also expire.

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