Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has announced his retirement from professional football.

The Serb, who won five Premier League titles and the Champions League in his eight-year spell at Old Trafford, says injuries have forced his retirement.

Vidic, 34, left Inter Milan by mutual consent in January after failing to make an appearance for the Serie A side this season.

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“The time has come for me to hang up my boots,” he told

“The injuries I have had in the last few years have taken their toll.

“I would like to thank all the players I have played with, all the managers and staff I have worked with, and say a big thank you to the fans for their support over the years.”

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Vidic joined Inter Milan on a free transfer in July 2014 and made 28 appearances for the Nerazzurri in his first campaign, but did not feature for Roberto Mancini’s side this season following surgery on a hernia in August.

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He joined Manchester United from Spartak Moscow in a £7m transfer in January 2006, and quickly formed a centre-back pairing with Rio Ferdinand. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side secured a hat-trick of Premier League titles between 2007 and 2009, as well as the 2008 Champions League.