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'I have no reason to leave United' says Vidic

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has reiterated his claims that he has no intention of leaving Old Trafford.

He has been angered by rumours claiming his relationship with manager Alex Ferguson has broken down.

Vidic has been struggling with a leg injury and sat out the 3-2 Champions League first leg victory against AC Milan in the San Siro on Tuesday.

In an interview with Serbian newspaper Vecernje Novosti, he said: "I have never had a conflict of any kind with Alex Ferguson and speculation that I want to leave United is completely untrue.

"I have a contract until the summer of 2012 and intend to see it through to the very last day.

"United have made me the player I am today and there is no substance whatsoever in rumours that I have been looking for a move away to either Real Madrid or AC Milan."

Vidic has yet to play in 2010 and his continued absence has even given rise to speculation the Serbia international's career could be over.

However, the 28-year-old insists he will be back on the pitch sooner rather than later and believes he could play some part in Saturday's Premier League clash at Everton.

Vidic added: "I do not know why people are dealing with gossip and inventing things, and I have really not given them any reason.

"I think that in these three or four months I haven't give any interview to the English media, and I cannot even remember when I talked to our press.

"Maybe it's because of that. I am aware of that, but I'm not one of those people who think that they should speak every day, least of all to deny everything that is written, because in that case I would have to speak almost every day.

"I think I will return to action very quickly and hopefully I will be back to my best as soon as I am picked in the starting line-up again.

"I began to train with the first team five days ago. I believe that I will be there on Saturday against Everton in Liverpool, but I don't know if I will be among the 11 or I will start from the bench.

"Ferguson will make a decision depending on whether he thinks that I'm ready for 90 hard minutes."

Vidic should be back for Milan's return visit to Old Trafford on March 10 when he is confident they will complete the job and progress to the quarter-finals of Europe's premier club competition.


He said: "I've been absent for a long time and I can hardly wait to get back on the pitch.

"We got a great result in Milan. The victory, with three away goals, is a great advantage.

"But we have to play even better in the second leg than in Milan and I am sure we can."

Meanwhile, United have been linked with an audacious summer move for Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole.

Cole is currently in a contract dispute with the Blues, with Ferguson believed to be watching events closely.

Talks on a new deal for Cole have dragged on for weeks and are no nearer being concluded.

Cole (28) will be out of contract in the summer and clubs are now beginning to be alerted that his future is becoming increasingly uncertain.

Ferguson has been an admirer of Cole for some time and the prospect of picking up such an experienced and talented player on the cheap would be an attractive one.

United boss Ferguson is looking for reinforcements on the left for Ryan Giggs and Cole, who could be available as a free agent, would be a bargain.