“I want to challenge myself again and try to make the best of myself in the coming years. “I’m not considering staying in England as the only club I ever wanted to play for here is Manchester United and I was lucky enough to be part of this club for so many years. “I’ve got a few options to move on and I will choose the right one for me and for my family.” The player has been one of the most popular members of the Red Devils’ squad since he arrived from Spartak Moscow for £7million – a transfer bizarrely announced on Christmas Day in 2005. He has played a central role in virtually all United’s significant triumphs since then – Vidic did recently reveal he handed his first winners’ medal from the 2006 League Cup to Giuseppe Rossi as the Italian had played in all the previous matches up to the final. Last May, Vidic skippered United to their historic 20th championship – his fifth and the last under Sir Alex Ferguson. However, the tough defender made only 19 league appearances as he battled to overcome a serious knee injury, suffered in a Champions League defeat to Basle in December 2011 that required two major operations, ruling Vidic out for extended periods on both occasions. It was argued by some that Vidic has never been the same player since, although for experience alone he would still be an invaluable presence, especially as long-time defensive partner Rio Ferdinand seems certain to be leaving as well in the summer. Inter Milan president Erick Thohir has remained tight-lipped over suggestions the Serie A side are very close to completing a deal to sign Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic. The Serbian defender becomes a free agent at the end of the season and is expected to be Inter’s first summer signing. Thohir told inter.it: “Vidic? I can’t say anything even if the deal is 90 per cent done. Press Association “It’s better to announce it once everything is completed. “I don’t want to declare something that has not taken place.” The 32-year-old Vidic confirmed earlier this month he would be playing abroad once his contract with United expired this summer. Inter are fifth in Serie A and likely to miss out on playing in next season’s Champions League. The Nerazzurri trail 11 points behind Napoli, who are third and hold the last qualifying spot for Europe’s elite club competition. Inter are keen to strengthen their defensive line as they have the weakest back line of the top six teams in Serie A, with 28 goals given away in 24 games. It was confirmed on February 7 that Vidic would leave United at the end of the season. He said at the time, in a statement released by United: ”I have decided that I will move on at the end of this season.
Answer: Yes. The Wildcats played a difficult schedule in an effort to be better prepared for this stage of the season. Victories in 23 of 24 games indicates this team, led by Justin Cook, is ready to take the next step. They were awared the second seed and it appears as if third-seeded Cathedral City and top-seeded Serrano of Phelan are the only teams standing in the way of that elusive championship. 5. Which underrated player from the area has the opportunity to make a name for himself in the playoffs, perhaps attract the interest of a potential Division I college program? Answer: Knight of Palmdale’s Hassan Stephens. The 6-foot-5 senior wing averaged 13.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game for Hawks during the regular season, but showed the ability to take over games at times despite the modest numbers. He’s not being heavily recruited at this stage. In fact, only a couple of local junior colleges have expressed interest thus far. All that could change, though, especially if Stephens is productive throughout the Div. II-A playoffs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Keep in mind, it’s not as if there are inferior programs in the 32-team field. In fact, Price of Los Angeles and La Canada are very good. The Vikings, however, are much better. Jrue and Justin Holiday, Robert Ford and company are in a class of their own. Don’t be surprised to see Campbell Hall make a run at the Div. IV state title. 3. Which area team is poised to play the role of Cinderella and make an unexpected run in the postseason? Answer: Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. Sure, the Knights are competing against the best of the best in Southern Section Div. I-AA, where powerhouses Mater Dei of Santa Ana, Artesia of Lakewod, Compton and Compton Dominguez reside. But Notre Dame has some talented individuals, led by Pierce Brooks and Mike Stanton. This group can pull off an upset or two before a possible semifinal meeting with Artesia. 4. Despite playing in relative obscurity in recent years, tiny Renassaince Academy of La Canada Flintridge advanced to consecutive Southern Section Div. V-A championship games. The Wildcats made the jump and moved up to Div. III-A this season as a result of their success. Can they manage to finally win the big game, in a much tougher division, no less? 2. Is there any team in the Southern Section capable of stopping Campbell Hall of North Hollywood from claiming the Div. III-AA title? Answer: Nope. No way. No how. No chance. 1. How has the dynamic changed in the City Section Championship playoffs since Taft of Woodland Hills was ruled ineligible for postseason play after using two ineligible players during the regular season? Answer: Things aren’t much different. Larry Drew and the Toreadors were expected to make some noise, possibly advancing to the semifinals before running into top-seeded Fairfax or second-seeded Westchester. Poly of Sun Valley and Sylmar could still open some eyes, but ultimately Fairfax and standout Chace Stanback, bound for UCLA, figure to be too tough, and champions in the end.