Manchester United Set To Hand Rio Ferdinand New Contract

Old Trafford defender set to join Ryan Giggs in committing for another year.

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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is set to follow in the footsteps of team-mate Ryan Giggs by signing a new one-year deal at Old Trafford.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that centre-back Ferdinand, who like Giggs was out of contract in the summer, is set to be offered the same terms to prolong his career at Old Trafford by a further 12 months.

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The 34-year-old Ferdinand admitted in January that he was desperate to sign a new contract with Manchester United, but discussions had yet to begin at the time.

But it seems that Ferguson is set to follow the same lead he took with Giggs, who will play the 1000th game of his senior football career on Saturday against Norwich City, and offer a new one-year contract with Ferdinand still an integral part of his squad.

“That is a strong possibility,” Ferguson told Sky Sports. “It would have to happen before the end of the season.”

He added: “I think he has had a great season. 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.”

Ferdinand, who has been at the Old Trafford club since 2002 when he joined in a £29million deal from Leeds United, has plenty of competition for his place at United with Nemanja Vidic, Johnny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones all vying for a centre-back place in the team.

The England defender had been linked with money-spinning moves to the MLS in the United States as well as China and the Far East at the end of the season if he is not offered a new contract.

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