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Aug 20, 2010

Vidic inks new deal to stay at United in 2014

Nemanja Vidic has signed a four-year contract extension to stay with Manchester United. The announcement puts an end to the intense debate surrounding the Serbian for over 18 months, with his future seemingly destined to be away from Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson glad to have Vidic around until 2014.

"We are delighted Nemanja has committed his future to the club," he said. "This kills all the silly speculation over the past few months. Nemanja has developed into one of the best centre-halves in Europe and we are pleased he will be here for many years to come."

Vidic arrived from Spartak Moscow in a £7.2million deal on Christmas Day 2005. Famed for his strength and no-nonsense approach to keeping forwards at bay, Vidic was a central figure in each of United's three successive title wins and their Champions League triumph over Chelsea in 2008.

With Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville missing and Ryan Giggs starting on the substitutes' bench, Vidic has skippered United this term and led the Old Trafford outfit to their Community Shield triumph over Chelsea at Wembley earlier this month.

"I am very happy to sign this contract," he said. "I came to this club when I was young and have developed enormously with the help of the manager, coaching staff and my team-mates. During my time here we have had a lot of success and I look forward to continuing that success in the coming seasons."

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