WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

29/12/2011 09:20

Papers: Vidic quit fears denied

Chris Wheeler in The Daily Mail writes...
Vidic quit fears denied

Nemanja Vidic's agent has dismissed worries that the Manchester United captain’s career could be jeopardised by the serious knee injury he suffered in Basel at the start of the month. Vidic is expected to have surgery later this week and could be out for up to a year after rupturing three major ligaments in his right knee. It has raised concerns that he may struggle to return to his best at the age of 30, but the Serb’s agent Silvana Martina insisted: "The first forecasts say it can last for a year, but it is meaningless to talk about the end of his career. It’s a serious injury but club doctors assure us that the recovery will run smoothly and he will be back on the field. It will take time to get back into the old rhythm, but there is no doubt that Vidic will be his old self again. Nemanja is feeling good. He will be back next year stronger and better."

The Daily Telegraph carry slightly different quotes from Vidic's representative with Martina adding: "I believe he will be ready to go back in five or six months."

Another agent who has been talking to the press is Luiz Paulo Chignall, whose client Sandro, the Tottenham midfielder, has been linked with United recently. "Much has been said about the interest of Manchester United in the British media," he is quoted as telling Bundesliga Premier. "But Tottenham have not received any offers at this time. We haven't had any offers either although the papers have produced much speculation."

Away from Old Trafford and Arsenal are reported to be close to re-signing striker Thierry Henry on loan from New York Red Bulls.

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