"I’ve been very impressed with the work we’ve done so far. The players are all very focused, ready to work and they want to show what they can do. There have been some very good signs which is exciting to see."

-Nemanja Vidic

03/08/2013 00:37, Report by Gemma Thompson
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Vidic: Focused as ever

Nemanja Vidic

sat down exclusively with to look ahead to the new campaign...

How was your summer? We're guessing it was an enjoyable one on the back of winning the league…
I had a great summer. I had a six-week break which is the longest I’ve had in the last six or seven years and it was nice to spend time with the family and get a bit of sun.

Did you take any time to reflect on last season and the team’s title triumph or were you already thinking about getting going again this term?
I was already thinking about this season! Of course, we celebrated the title and it was great to go on the bus through Manchester and see so many fans; I'd really like to thank the fans again for coming that day and supporting us. Not just that day, but throughout the season. But now I am not thinking about last season – now it’s all about this season and the challenges we have. We have a new manager as do some other teams and we know we have to improve our game and continue to work harder. The most important thing for me is to stay fit and be ready to help the team.

How were the first few days back in training at the start of the month?
They were good and everyone has been working hard since then. It was nice to talk to the lads and hear about where everyone has been on holiday. We chatted about general football things as well which is something I really missed over the summer. Everyone is excited about the new season.

It’s always a new challenge at the start of every season but this is different with a new manager in charge – how excited are the players for the new campaign?
I was very impressed with the work we did in the first few days when we came back before the tour. The players are all very focused, ready to work and they want to show what they can do and prove that they

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