Man U ‘retains’ Vidic with whopping 18-mn pound deal

July 24th, 2010 - 2:26 pm ICT by ANI  

Alex Ferguson London, Jul 24 (ANI): Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic has agreed to stay at Manchester United for a whopping 18 million pounds, ending Jose Mourinho’s bid to lure him to Real Madrid.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson moved to keep the 28-year-old defender by making him one of the highest earners at the club. Vidic will earn 90,000 pounds -a-week.

Vidic was signed for seven million pounds in 2006, and had two years remaining on a 70,000 pounds-a-week deal.

United have offered Vidic a two-year extension and improved terms on his remaining two years to take his deal to a massive 18.72 million pounds, The Sun reports.

“I am very pleased to confirm we agreed terms with Nemanja on a new long-term deal. We’ve shaken hands on it and we’re confident it will be signed in early August. It’s great news,” United chief executive David Gill said.

Vidic’s decision to stay is a huge boost given Rio Ferdinand’s fitness problems.

Gill will also discuss a new contract with Wayne Rooney, 24, who has two years to run on his current deal.

“The intention is to meet with Wayne and his advisors when he’s back from holiday with a view to sorting out a new deal for him,” Gill said. (ANI)

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