Man United transfers: Sir Alex confident Ferdinand will pen new contract
Man United transfers: Sir Alex Ferguson believes Rio Ferdinand will sign a new one-year contract to extend his Red Devils career
Sir Alex Ferguson says he is confident Rio Ferdinand will extend his stay at Manchester United beyond the summer.
The England international is yet to pen a new deal with the 19-time top-flight champions, with just six months remaining on his current contract.
The 34-year-old may be nearing the twilight of a glittering career, but the United manager still believes Ferdinand has an important role to play at the club.
Ferguson has openly admitted that the Red Devils have a policy of offering their veteran stars one-year deals but the United manager sees no issues around Ferdinand’s future.
“Rio has had a great season,” said Ferguson. “I don’t think there is any reason why he won’t stay.
“We give players one-year contracts, there is nothing wrong with that. I don’t think players with the reputation and ability of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand should worry about a one-year contract.
“It is not to say we doubt them in terms of longevity. When players get to their 30s, it is natural – you never know how they will cope with getting older. Some do, some don’t. Defenders can do it if they look after themselves.
“It does apply to all positions but particularly defenders, because they don’t have the mileage on the clock that midfield or wide players have.”