Date: 5th February 2010 at 11:39am
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Nemanja Vidic is back in contention to face Portsmouth tomorrow. The Serbian centre-back pulled out of United’s game at Arsenal in the last minute after feeling some pain in training but he’s had no problems during the week and he might be available against the relegation strugglers.

On a related note, the Guardian reports that Vidic’s departure is inevitable as even the players at United admitted he’s likely to be gone by the end of the season. Vidic consistently denied any speculation that he or his wife was unhappy in England but his agents are believed to be fuelling rumours about a possible move to Barcelona, Real Madrid or AC Milan in the summer.

The paper argues that the purchase of Chris Smalling was merely an answer to the increasingly likely departure of the Serbian. Vidic’s contract expires in 2012 and if the club wants good money for him then he must be sold this summer.

I don’t know if it’s true or not, I just wish this thing would be resolved as soon as possible. Either Vidic should speak up and confirm that he wants to leave or he should sign a new contract. Because there are lots of things wrong with modern football but none of them is so frustrating and annoying than a protracted transfer saga.