Man United transfers: Rio Ferdinand wants to extend Red Devils stay
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says he wants to stay at the club and is happy to discuss a new deal in the summer
Rio Ferdinand says he is happy to discuss a new contract with Manchester United at the end of the season.
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 has been in impressive form for the Red Devils after being reunited with his centre-half partner Nemanja Vidic, who was out injured for two-and-a-half months with a knee injury.
And the former Leeds United defender reiterated his desire to extend his stay at Old Trafford.
“Of course I would want to stay, 100%, provided I’m still playing like I am and feeling as good as I am at the moment,” Ferdinand told the Sun.
“Manchester United is a great club, the number one, and you would never want to play anywhere else if you can still play for them.
“We are not in discussions about a new contract at the moment and I’m fine with that because of the understanding that I have with the manager.
“I don’t expect to be treated any different to the other older players like Giggsy or Scholesy, who normally sign on again at the end of the season.”
Earlier this week, United manager Ferguson expressed his desire to see Ferdinand pen a new deal at the club.
“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.”