Fergie relief after Vidic agrees to extend deal with United
Alex Ferguson has stated that he doesn't need to buy this summer to challenge for the title next season, but the Manchester United boss saw his most important deal of the year concluded yesterday with the news that Nemanja Vidic has committed his long-term future to the club.
The Serbia defender's current deal is up in two years and Vidic's future at Old Trafford had beed shrouded in doubt with the player's agent, Paolo Fabbri, claiming he would consider his options after the World Cup.
That speculation has been brought to an abrupt halt with a new contract agreement worth around £90,000 a week that will see the 28-year-old in Manchester until 2014
United's chief executive, David Gill, who claimed the media was to blame for the uncertainty and that the stories "didn't come out of Nemanja's camp", is confident the deal will be signed before the start of the new season.
"We sat down with Nemanja and his advisor at the end of last season and started discussions. They broke up when Nemanja went away to the World Cup, but resumed when Serbia were knocked out," Gill said.
"It's yet to be signed -- the paperwork is now being sorted by our lawyers and being checked by Nemanja's advisors. He's still away on holiday but the plan is that when he gets back the papers will be signed.
"But we've shaken hands on it."
Gill added: "There was a lot of speculation about his future, but in my view it's been the media drumming some old stories. They certainly didn't come out of the Manchester United camp and I'm confident they didn't come out of Nemanja's camp."
Vidic joined United in 2006 from Spartak Moscow for a fee of about £7m.