If Walter Mazzarri had his way, Nemanja Vidic would be his Inter captain right now. Instead, Mazzarri is out of a job and the Serbian could well be out of the team for Sunday’s Milan derby.
When the defender arrived from Manchester United on a free transfer in the summer, one of his new boss’ first acts was to offer him the chance to succeed Javier Zanetti as the Nerazzurri skipper. But Vidic declined the opportunity, with Mazzarri later explaining: “He refused out of respect for the group. He recognised that there are others that have been part of the team for a longer period of time.”
Four months on, Vidic has had a fairly torrid time as part of an Inter side which has underperformed so markedly that Erick Thohir used the international break to relieve Mazzarri of his services and welcome Roberto Mancini back to the club for his second spell in charge at Pinetina.
The union between Mancini and Vidic has been a long time in coming.
Manchester City were linked with a move for their neighbours’ skipper in the English press during Mancini’s time in charge at Eastlands, and there was plenty of talk that the Italian wanted to take the defender to Galatasaray too. But now that the two have finally linked up, it seems fate is against them to some degree