Ferdinand set to follow Giggs in signing new United contract despite interest from the States and Far East

By Simon Stone, Press Association

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Sir Alex Ferguson believes Rio Ferdinand will be the next long-serving member of the Manchester United squad to sign a contract extension.

Ryan Giggs penned a new one-year deal yesterday ensuring his United career will extend beyond his 40th birthday.

Paul Scholes' future is open to debate given the niggling injuries he has endured, in addition to the knowledge he has already retired once before being talked out of it in January 2012.

Old guard: Rio Ferdinand (left) is likely to join Ryan Giggs in signing a contract extension at Manchester United

Old guard: Rio Ferdinand (left) is likely to join Ryan Giggs in signing a contract extension at Manchester United

 

Ferdinand seems more likely to sign yet so far, the 34-year-old has still to commit himself, amid rumours of interest from the US, China and the cash-rich Far East.

However, Ferguson is confident Ferdinand will remain at Old Trafford.

'That is a strong possibility,' he said. 'It would have to happen before the end of the season.'

Ferdinand is managing a long-standing back complaint and his performances this season suggest he still has a major role to play with the Red Devils, even if England boss Roy Hodgson is not interested.

He is virtually certain to be involved against Real Madrid on Tuesday, when United look to secure their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Stalwart: Ferdinand joined United in 2002 and has been a regular since

Stalwart: Ferdinand joined United in 2002 and has been a regular since

'I think he has had a great season,' said Ferguson.

'He has managed himself the right way and we have contributed to that in the preparation we give him.

'He doesn't play every game in the same way that Ryan doesn't play every game.

'But in terms of key matches he has been absolutely brilliant.

'Two weeks ago, against Real Madrid, he was excellent so we need to get him ready for the big one on Tuesday.'

 
 

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Im sure I saw Sir Bobby with his trainers on the other day.

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Laugh at united, how sad are you to have a name like that, are you laughing at us being 15 points clear???

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Rio to follow in Gigs footsteps...he is planning to nail his brother's wife.

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Rio needs a new set of haterz these lot are beginning to love... UNITED HOME OF LEGENDS!!!

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Not another season for sicknote. Can't wait for the day he disappears I'm sick of hearing him.

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pleaSE NOOOOOOOOOOO, he's never lived up to his own hype,professional motor mouth... - xxx, belfast, 2013-03-02 17:12 So true, I was hoping he was going to join his useless brother in Turkey!! Can't stand the fella! Must be the only person in the world less like able than JT!!

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pleaSE NOOOOOOOOOOO, he's never lived up to his own hype,professional motor mouth...

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Wow.. Things must be desperate

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Danny---- we'll said

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Have said it before and will continue to say it again, his legs are gone.wrong move..

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