Nemanja Vidic’s desire to leave for Real Madrid is set in stone and the player has fallen out with manager Sir Alex Ferguson, according to reports today. The Serbian, long linked with a move away from the club, has repeatedly denied wanting to leave the club but the defender’s last-minute omission from Sunday’s FA Cup line-up has heightened speculation as the January transfer window opens.
“The tension between Nemanja Vidic and Sir Alex Ferguson has heightened after the Manchester United defender’s last-minute withdrawal from the team humbled by Leeds United,” claims The Times today.
“There was already discord between player and club over his contractual demands, with Vidic seeking to become one of the best-paid members of the squad on more than £100,000 a week. Ferguson fears that the Serbia centre half is using the stand-off to engineer a move to Real Madrid.”
Although United is unlikely to allow the Serbian to move during January under any circumstances, Vidic would be the third high-profile player following David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo to leave for the Spanish capital under Ferguson’s stewardship. Gabriel Heinze and Ruud van Nistelrooy also joined Madrid from United in recent seasons.