As anticipated, Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been awarded a new one-year contract extension at the club. His previous contract was set to expire this summer. The upcoming season will be the 34-year-old's 12th season at the club. Here's what he had to stay about his new deal:
"I am delighted to have signed a new contract. Who wouldn’t want to play in this fantastic team in front of 76,000 fans each week? It has been an incredible journey and I am glad it will continue. I can now fully concentrate on my club career which has worked well for me over the past few years.This is a great team to be part of and we are now moving into a new era with the club which is very exciting. I have met with David [Moyes] I am really looking forward to working with him and winning many more trophies with this great club."
- Ferdinand | Source: ManUtd.com
Rio, who has made 432 appearances for United thus far, also tweeted this:
"Sooooo happy to sign a 1yr extension for this great club, living the dream. Roll on next season #mufc"
- Ferdinand (@rioferdy5)
Newly-appointed manager David Moyes had this to say about the contract extension:
"It is clear for everyone to see that Rio has had one of his best seasons with the club and I think even from the outside you can see what a big character Rio is around the dressing room, so I am delighted he has signed a new contract. I am looking forward to working with him."
The former England international had an impressive campaign this season as evidenced by his deserved inclusion into the PFA team of the year. In addition, his retirement from international duty means that his sole footballing devotion will be to his club. United are well stocked for central-defenders next season as they have the experience of Rio and club captain Nemanja Vidic while they also have young talents such as Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, and Phil Jones. Depth is obviously key for a club that hopes to compete for multiple trophies on an annual basis.