David Moyes said he played a part in Nemanja Vidic's forthcoming departure from Manchester United, insisting the move had been a mutual decision.
Club captain Vidic announced that he is bringing his eight-year stay at Old Trafford to an end when his contract expires in the summer and plans to join a foreign club, with Inter Milan already expressing an interest.
The former Serbia international revealed the news through a statement on Manchester United's official website and insisted that he will not represent another Premier League team, paving the way for a move overseas.
In a statement on United's official website, Vidic said: It's the last year of my contract and I have had eight wonderful years here. My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career."
United manager Moyes said Vidic would carry on as skipper until he goes and said of the decision to depart: "It was something we mutually agreed together, me and Nemanja. I think it was the right decision for both the club and the player.
"What I discussed with him will remain private, but he has been a brilliant servant and captain for Manchester United. He is captain and will remain captain until the end of the season.
"He has been a great player for us, and we will continue to play him. He's a great leader for this club and served the club really well and I would expect that to continue right up until the end of the season."
Moyes said he had not forced Vidic's departure in a bid to refresh United’s squad and bring in a younger generation of players.
He added: "I think people know that I've got things in my mind that I want to do and things I wanted to change in time. I can’t do it all overnight.
"That wasn't the reason for this. As I said, we mutually decided together. He felt it was the right time for him. We’ll get on with it and we’ll move on."