Nemanja Vidic talks to United Uncovered about life in England and his love for Serbia...
You live in Manchester, but will Serbia always be “home” to you?
Yes. Serbia is my home, it's in my heart, it's where I was born, it's where my family lives, where my friends live. I enjoy my life in Manchester but like anybody who's far away from home, I always enjoy going back. That's only natural.
What sort of a country is it?
It's a passionate country. People love to have a good time and like to socialise. In many ways, we're not like other parts of Eastern Europe. We're passionate, we like to sit outside if it's sunny, drink coffee, read the newspaper, have a glass of wine by the river. It's a country with a lot of history and we're a very proud people. In terms of nature, we have mountain ranges, rivers, countryside... we don't have a sea but it's not far to Montenegro.
You’re a father as well as a footballer. Are the roles difficult to juggle?
I love both jobs and being a father helps me relax away from football. I spend a lot of time with my kids and I enjoy every minute of it. I'm away a lot at weekends, obviously, but I'm determined not to miss them growing up, especially when they're at an age when every day they learn something new and every day they seem to develop.
So, are your children English or Serbian?
They're Serbian! [laughs] I think of them as Serbian anyway, although they speak English very well and they love it here in Manchester. You'd have to ask them, but as far as I'm concerned they're Serbian!
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