FC Internazionale Milano have confirmed the capture of Nemanja Vidic from Manchester United, according to the club’s official website, inter.it.
Last month, the former Serbia international, 32, announced he would leave United at the end of the season and reports subsequently suggested Inter were among the European clubs keen to sign the 32-year-old.
Shortly thereafter, Inter confirmed their interest in Vidic and in due time the bookmakers obliged, making the Nerazzurri the favourites to land the Serbian stopper.
“Vidic is a world-class player. I’m extremely happy to have completed this deal to bring Nemanja to Milan,” Inter president Erick Thohir told inter.it.
“He’s one of the world’s best defenders and his qualities, international pedigree and charisma will be an asset to the team and help bring through our younger players.
“He will bring added value to the club and is another piece of the great Inter side we are building.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Manchester United, Nemanja and his entourage for the professional and cooperative approach they have shown throughout the negotiations.”
Inter (10-11-5) are currently in fifth-place in the Serie A table, 28 points adrift of leaders Juventus (23-3-1) but more importantly 11 points behind Napoli (15-7-4) for the final UEFA Champions League qualifying place.
The recent signings of Hernanes and Vidic can only mean one thing, Inter are desperate to work their way back to the top of the Italian football.
Next up for Walter Mazzarri’s side is a date with stumbling Torino, who have lost two straight league matches without managing to find the back of the net.
Olic says joining Stoke is his ‘first choice’
VfL Wolfsburg striker Ivica Olic has revealed joining Stoke City in the summer is his ‘first choice’ amid speculation linking the player with a move to MLS.
The former Bayern Munich ace, 34, would like to play against the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United one last time and Stoke boss Mark Hughes is more than willing to give him that opportunity.
At the moment, Charlie Adam (6) — who received a three-match from the FA for violent conduct after a stamp on Olivier Giroud’s leg — and Peter Crouch (6) are the Potters’ top goal scorers in the Premier League.
“There are many rumours about my future. The press are talking about me moving to United States, to Qatar, but Stoke City remains my first choice,” Olic told Jutarnji List.
“They are very serious and it would be really nice to play against Manchester United, Liverpool and other great English clubs.
“But nothing is signed yet so anything can happen. I also have some offers from Germany, even my former club Hamburg wants me. Never say never, right now the only thing I can say is that I will make my decision this month.”
Olic has bagged eight goals and three assists in 22 Bundesliga appearances for Wolfsburg this season.