Ferdinand looks to few more playing years with United


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Veteran defender Rio Ferdinand declared to stay with Manchester United.

On Sunday, Ferdinand indicated indicated he would sign a contract extension with the Premier League champions.

The 34-year-old Ferdinand’s current contract with the Red Devils expires at the end of the campaign.

Earlier this month, outgoing United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said the centre back, who scored the game-winning goal in Ferguson’s last match at Old Trafford last Sunday, has had his “best season at the club” and hinted a new contract will be offered.

Manchester United has a bright future,” Ferdinand told MUTV. “The manager has left the club in great health, and we are looking forward. We have a great number of good young players who are eager to win things and be successful and work hard.”

He added: “That is what the manager has instilled in these players. The work ethic has to continue if we are going to be successful. I would like to be part of that.”

Ferdinand also expressed surprise at Ferguson’s decision to end his 26-year reign at Old Trafford at the end of the season. He added the club must continue the Scot’s mentality under new boss David Moyes.

“There have been a couple of emotional moments,” Ferdinand continued. “The manager’s announcement was like a bolt out of the blue. No one was expecting it. It disappointed a lot of us but I understand the manager’s reasons.”

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