Nemanja Vidic committed to Manchester United despite strife from wife
01 July 2009 08:15
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The Serbia defender, one of United's outstanding players last season, says his wife Ana has failed to settle in Manchester. But Vidic insists his football comes first, and is adamant he will remain at United until his current contract expires in 2012.
"My wife Ana is unhappy with our lifestyle in Manchester but I am not going to change my mind as I am happy with the team and Manchester and the club's ambitions for next season," said Vidic in the Sun.
A new contract worth £70,000 a week has helped convince Vidic he is in the right place, and he is grateful for the respect shown to him by Sir Alex Ferguson.
'I got offers from Milan, Barcelona and Real Madrid and I played a very honest game — I disclosed all these offers to my boss Sir Alex.
'He reacted quickly. I was told he was raising my pay to bring it to the level where my reputation is in the Premier League and Europe.
'After Milan and Real Madrid made their offers, Barcelona came in — but after Sir Alex's move, I am definitely staying in Manchester until my contract expires in 2012.
'I don't care that I will still not be paid as much as my good friends Rio Ferdinand or Wayne Rooney but I guess I will be at the same level as Berbatov and Carrick.'