Nemanja Vidic
Nemanja Vidic [Reuters]

Nemanja Vidic has confirmed that he will leave Manchester United after his contract expires at the end of the season.

The Serbian defender is in the final year of his contract and the centre-back's agent had earlier confirmed that Vidic will evaluate the situation at the end of the season. However, the 32-year-old has decided to end his time at Old Trafford.

Vidic was signed by United's former manager Sir Alex Ferguson from Spartak Moscow and he joined the Premier League champions in January 2006.

He has been a key player in the heart of United's defence ever since, and has already won the five Premier League titles, three League Cups, five Community Shields, one Champions League and one FIFA Club World Cup.

The defender has seen his playing time reduced in the past few seasons as injuries have forced him onto the sidelines. Vidic has revealed that he will leave England in the summer as he has set his sights on trying another league.

"It's the last year of my contract and I have had eight wonderful years here. My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career," Vidic told United's official website.

"I never could have imagined winning 15 trophies and I will certainly never forget that fantastic night in Moscow, memories that will live with me and the fans forever.

"However, I have decided that I will move on at the end of this season. I want to challenge myself again and try to make the best of myself in the coming years.

"I'm not considering staying in England as the only club I ever wanted to play for here is Manchester United and I was lucky enough to be part of this club for so many years. I've got a few options to move on and I will choose the right one for me and for my family.

"I am now going to focus all my efforts on playing for Manchester United and do the best I can for the team until the end of the season. I hope this stops any further speculation about my future."