Inter Milan seal Nemanja Vidic deal

Nemanja Vidic. Photo: PA

Inter Milan have announced the capture of Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic for next season.

The Italian club had been widely touted as the likely destination for the Serbia centre-back since it was revealed last month that he would leave Old Trafford at the end of the campaign.

Inter confirmed on Wednesday that they had got their man, with club president Erick Thohir immediately hailing the signing as "crucial" for the team.

"Vidic is a great champion," he said on "I am extremely satisfied with the completion of this agreement that will bring Nemanja to Milan.

"He is one of the strongest defenders in the world, for his characteristics, his international experience, his charisma as a leader will be crucial for the team and the growth of our younger players.

"He will add value to the club and will be another pillar for the construction of a great Inter.

"Finally, I want to thank Manchester United, Nemanja and his entourage for his availability and the professionalism shown during the negotiation process."

Vidic signed for Man Utd in 2006. Credit: PA

Vidic timeline:

1981: Born October 21 in Titovo Uzice in Yugoslavia.

1996: After impressing in youth football he is signed up by Red Star Belgrade.

2000-01: Spends his first season in the professional ranks on loan at Spartak Subotica.

2001-02: Returns to Belgrade and helps them to win the Yugoslav Cup.

2002: October 12 - Makes his international debut for Serbia and Montenegro against Italy in a Euro 2004 qualifier.

2004: Under his captaincy, Red Star win the Serbia and Montenegro league and cup double.

July - Moves to Russian Premier League side Spartak Moscow for an undisclosed fee.

2005: December 25 - Manchester United confirm Vidic has agreed to join them in an estimated £7million deal. Makes his debut in a Carling Cup semi-final second-leg victory over Blackburn.

2006: Misses out on playing at the World Cup through suspension and injury having been part of a back four that conceded just one goal in 10 qualifying matches.

2006-07: Helps United regain the Premier League title after forming an excellent defensive partnership with Rio Ferdinand. Also plays in FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea at Wembley.

2007: November 8 - Signs a two-year contract extension to keep him at Old Trafford until 2012.

2008: Helps United to claim their second straight league title and win the Champions League against Chelsea in Moscow.

2009: Plays in every game as Edwin van der Sar sets world record of 1,311 minutes without conceding a goal. Wins a third consecutive championship title.

Introduced as a second-half substitute as United defeat Tottenham in the Carling Cup final. Completes full 90 minutes in Champions League final defeat to Barcelona in Rome.

October 29 - Sent off in a 2-0 defeat against Liverpool. It marks the third consecutive match against the Merseysiders in which he has been dismissed.

2010: Wins second consecutive League Cup winners' medal as United beat Aston Villa at Wembley. Plays in Serbia's World Cup campaign as they exit in the first round despite beating Germany 1-0.

August - Signs four-year contract extension. Named United skipper.

2011: Leads United to another championship but part of team beaten by Barcelona in the Champions League final at Wembley.

December - Ruptures cruciate ligaments in Champions League defeat to Basle.

Ruled out for remainder of season, having already missed eight weeks with a calf injury.

2012: Returns for opening-day defeat at Everton but comeback lasts just five games before forced to undergo a second operation, keeping him out for three months.

2013: Captains United to the league title - the fifth of his time at Old Trafford.

2014: Sent off in final minute of Premier League defeat at Chelsea - the sixth red card of his United career, two of which came against the Stamford Bridge outfit and three against Liverpool.

2014: February 7 - Confirms he will leave Manchester United at end of the season.

March 5 - Inter Milan announce Vidic will join them in the summer.