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Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic retires

Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has announced his retirement after being released by Inter.

The Serbian centre-back, who started his career at Red Star Belgrade, spent eight years at Old Trafford, winning five Premier League titles, 3 League Cups and the Champions League under Sir Alex Ferguson, but departed for the Italian club in 2014.

Vidic made only 28 appearances for the Serie A side, however, and failed to make a single appearance in 2015-16, with hernia and back injuries leading to his contract being rescinded last week.

The former United captain has now issued a statement confirming his retirement, calling time on a professional career that has spanned 16 years.

In a statement released via the United website, Vidic said: "The time has come for me to hang up my boots. The injuries I have had in the last few years have taken their toll.

"I would like to thank all the players I have played with, all the managers and staff I have worked with, and say a big 'thank you' to the fans for their support over the years."