Saturday September 17 2016
Vidic ‘did not get on’ with Mancini

Nemanja Vidic admits he ‘did not have a great relationship’ with Roberto Mancini during his time at Inter.

The Serb arrived at San Siro on a free transfer from Manchester United in 2014 in what was widely regarded as an excellent piece of transfer business, but had his contract terminated by mutual consent at the end of last season.

The club was going through a lot of changes, in the same way as Manchester United were,” Vidic responded when asked why things had not gone to plan at San Siro.

“At the same time as I arrived, seven or eight players left, and important players, too: Javier Zanetti, Esteban Cambiasso, Diego Milito.

“There were big expectations for me and I tried hard, but there was trouble for me from the start. We played three at the back. I played in the middle and felt like I was there to fix problems, but even if there were no problems you’d get them in that position.

“I didn’t enjoy that role – I hadn’t played it for a long time. I tried to adapt but it just didn’t happen.

“Then [Roberto] Mancini arrived. We didn’t start well; I didn’t play for two or three months. We didn’t have a great relationship. Then I got injured. That’s basically the story.”

Vidic announced his retirement shortly after leaving Inter this summer, after two years at the club.