Vidic has shaken on new deal to stay, say United

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Nemanja Vidic has committed his long-term future to Manchester United, according to the club's chief executive, David Gill. The Serbia defender's current deal is up in two years but an extension to his contract has been agreed. Vidic had been linked with a move away from Old Trafford.

Gill said: "I am very pleased to confirm that we agreed terms with Nemanja three or four weeks ago on a new long-term deal with the club."

The length of the centre-back's extension was not disclosed, but Vidic's decision is a huge boost for United, given Rio Ferdinand's fitness problems.

Gill added: "It's yet to be signed – the paperwork is being sorted by our lawyers and checked by his advisers. He's still away on holiday but ... we've shaken hands on it and we're confident it will all be signed in early August."

Gill said he also intends discussing a new contract with Wayne Rooney. The England striker has two years to run on his current deal. Gill said: "The intention is to meet with Wayne when we're back from tour and he's back from holiday."