With all the rumours linking Manchester United with a move for Nemanja Vidic, we’ve had a chat with Nima Tavallaey, co-founder of SempreInter, to have a chat about the Serbian and how he is getting on this season to find out if a move for him would be worthwhile.
Hi Nima. Please introduce yourself to the readers.
My name is Nima Tavallaey Roodsari and I’m 33 years old living in Gothenburg Sweden. I’m co-founder of SempreInter.com and part of transfer market guru Gianluca Di Marzio’s English writing crew.
Were Inter Milan fans happy to have signed Nemanja Vidic?
The reactions were mostly positive. Obviously he’d had a rouch season with United but so did everyone at United. Personally I was very happy given that he’s signed on a free transfer, I was more worried as to how well he’d fit in to Mazzarri’s 3-man defense.
Have Inter Milan fans adopted a certain song about Vidic, Serbia and murdering?
Haha, unfortunately no, as far as I know anyway.
Without exaggerating I’d say that he’s been the worst defender in a team where all the defenders have been shocking.
How has he got on so far this season?
Without exaggerating I’d say that he’s been the worst defender in a team where all the defenders have been shocking. However, he’s saved by the fact that it’s been plain for everyone to see that he doesn’t know how to play in a 3-man defense and that therefore most of the criticism towards him has been defelected to the incredibly unpopular Walter Mazzarri. After Mazzarri was sacked and Mancini came in and reverted to a back four, Vidic has been injured or out with the flu so he’s yet to feature under Mancini. However, I’m sure that once he’s fit he’ll make one of those two central defender positions his own.
Are fans still supporting him or do they not think he is good enough?
Many fans believed he was over the hill even before he’d played a single match for Inter and his performances only further cemented that view, but for most people his poor form has been mitigated by the fact that he looked completely lost in a back three. However, I have to say that when he comes back from injury he’ll have to hit the ground running as patience with him is running out, there’s no doubt about that.
Does the press support Vidic or are they very harsh with his performances?
Well he’s been criticised and quite deservedly too but the Italian press have given him an extended honeymoon period given that he doesn’t speak the language, he’s just arrived as well as never having played in a back three. However, as I mentioned before, when he’s back from injury he won’t have a lot of time to demonstrate wether or not he still is a world class defender.
Rumours have circulated about a potential return to Manchester United. Do you think it is possible that could happen?
I’d be very surprised if that happens because I doubt very much that Van Gaal would want him back to be perfectly honest. Also, Vidic was a prestige signing for Inter President Thohir in the sense that he wanted to show that it’s possible to bring quality from the Premier League to the Serie A as opposed to the other way around. If Vidic were to leave after barely six months that would mean that he’s be the subject of a lot of criticism. Having said that, as we’re all aware, stranger things have happened in football.
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How do you think Inter Milan fans would react if that were to happen?
Most fans would criticise the management and the people in charge of the clubs transfers as well as the clubs President. Mr. Thohir has only been in charge for just over one year and although having modernized the club from the financial as well as PR, event, hospitality and media aspect, the footballing side of things haven’t been that great to say the least.
For example, no one can forget last January’s Guarin-gate scandal, where Inter wanted to swap Guarin for Juventus’ Mirko Vucinic which resulted in massive protests online as well as outside of the clubs head offices which ultimately led to the club having to back down and Mr. Thohir pulling the plug on the transfer when Guarin was sitting in Juventus head offices and just about to put pen to paper on a contract.
Then Mr. Thohir bought Lazio’s Hernanes who since joining Inter hasn’t even remotely looked like the player he was at Lazio so if Vidic were to leave after only six months, the club would be subjected to a lot of criticism.