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Vidic extends contract at United

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  • Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic extends his contract at Manchester United
  • The new deal will tie him to the Premier League champions until 2012
  • Vidic has proved a key figure in central defense alongside Rio Ferdinand
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LONDON, England -- Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Manchester United until 2012, the Premier League champions have confirmed.


Serbian defender Vidic has established himself as a first team regular at Old Trafford.

Vidic, who signed from Spartak Moscow in 2005 in a $14 million deal, has established himself as a first team regular at Old Trafford.

He has established a formidable central defensive partnership with England international Rio Ferdinand and has developed the knack of scoring key goals, grabbing five in 69 appearances, including the winner against Everton earlier this season.

Vidic, who took time to establish himself, is now a firm favorite with United manager Alex Ferguson who handed him the captain's armband when Edwin van der Sar was substituted in the 4-0 Champions League win over Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday night.

"Nemanja has made a terrific impact and has forged a partnership with Rio Ferdinand that was a major part in us winning the title," said Ferguson.

Vidic, who had originally signed up until 2010 had no hesitation in signing the new deal. "Playing in this team is a great privilege," he said.

"This is such a great club and I am delighted to be able to extend my stay here." E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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