New United boss pleased to be keeping veteran defender.
New Manchester United manager David Moyes is delighted to have tied down veteran defender Rio Ferdinand to a new contract, according to the Daily Mail.
The 34-year-old has been with the club since joining from Leeds United in 2002, and has been a crucial member of the team’s success in that time, winning six Premier League titles and one Champions League trophy under previous manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, due to his age and occasional fitness problems, it seemed that the former England international could be set for a summer exit from the club as Moyes will look to bring in some new signings to make his own mark on the team.
But Moyes, who was at Everton for eleven years, knows the importance of continuity, and sees the value in keeping an experienced player such as Ferdinand around for at least one more year.
He said: “It is clear for everyone to see that Rio has had one of his best seasons with the club.
“Even from the outside you can see what a big character Rio is around the dressing room.
“I am delighted he has signed a new contract and I am looking forward to working with him.”
Ferdinand may be joined by a new defensive partner next season though, as doubts remain over the injury record of Nemanja Vidic, who may be replaced with Everton’s Phil Jagielka or Adil Rami of Valencia, two players who have found themselves linked with United this summer.