Vidic committed to United

Influential defender rejects talk of leaving Old Trafford

Vidic: Wants to stay at Old Trafford

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Nemanja Vidic has rubbished talk that has suggested he could be ready to quit Manchester United as his wife has not settled in England.

Barcelona and AC Milan are thought to be monitoring the situation having previously been linked with the 28-year-old.

Vidic's Old Trafford future has been called into question with speculation again mounting that his wife, Ana, is unhappy in the North West, particularly with the climate.

The classy centre-half has previously intimated to foreign journalists that he would like to play his football in a sunnier country at some stage in his career.

However, Vidic appears to have had a major change of heart. And instead of looking for an escape route, he wants to become an integral part of the team that must be built once the likes of Ryan Giggs and Edwin van der Sar call time on their careers.

"I am glad to have been part of this club for so many years and if I could be one of the bases on which a new team is built I would be very happy," he said.

"I have never said I want to go and play in another country. Other people have spoken or written about it and I am not happy with that.

"But I have said in the past what I think. I don't want to keep talking about it because I can't stop what people say. The fact is I am happy here."

Contract talks

It has been suggested Vidic's advisors have been happy to let rumours about the interest from Barcelona in particular rumble on because it would bring forward talks on a new contact.

The Serbian's present deal expires in 2012, so the likelihood is United would want to open negotiations towards the end of this season to avoid the potential for Vidic - who cost £7.2million when he moved from Spartak Moscow on Christmas Day 2005 - leaving at a knock-down price.

Again, though, this is a theory rejected by the Serbian.

"I don't want to rush and I don't want to speak about my future in the media," he said.

"I will speak about it to the club. But I don't want to push them. I don't want to push anyone.

"We will see what happens. I am here and I am happy. I have shown in the games that I want to be part of the team and to play every game 100 per cent for this club."