Inter Milan have announced the capture of Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic for next season.

Sportsmail revealed how Inter had been first to react to the veteran Manchester United defender’s decision to quit Old Trafford at the end of the season.

The Italian club confirmed on Wednesday that they had got their man, with president Erick Thohir immediately hailing the signing as 'crucial' for the team.

'Vidic is a great champion,' he said on inter.it. 'I am extremely satisfied with the completion of this agreement that will bring Nemanja to Milan.

'He is one of the strongest defenders in the world, for his characteristics, his international experience, his charisma as a leader will be crucial for the team and the growth of our younger players.

'He will add value to the club and will be another pillar for the construction of a great Inter.

'Finally, I want to thank Manchester United, Nemanja and his entourage for his availability and the professionalism shown during the negotiation process.'

An agreement has been reached on a lucrative three-season deal that will send Vidic into retirement on a high, in terms of status and earnings, at another of Europe's most famous clubs.