Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says that it’s very likely that Rio Ferdinand will sign a new contract with it expiring at the end of the season.
Ferdinand, 34, has been at the club since 2002, where he became the most expensive defender in history, leaving Leeds United for £30m.
There has been deep discussion regarding the former England captain’s future at Man United, as time has lapsed, doubts have grown. But Ferguson says there is a “strong possibility” of Ferdinand remaining at the club past this season.
“It would have to happen before the end of the season…I think he has had a great season. He has managed himself the right way and we have contributed to that in the preparation we give him. He doesn’t play every game in the same way that Ryan [Giggs] doesn’t. Two weeks ago, against Real Madrid, he was excellent. We need to get him ready for the big one on Tuesday.” – Sir Alex Ferguson
Ferdinand has had an impressive season after a questionable previous campaign and as Ferguson says, the performance vs Real Madrid was a showcase of his experienced talents.
However, Ferguson’s thinking behind his squad’s future tends to take the stance of ‘what will that player be like in two years’, which may suggest why the renewal of Ferdinand’s contract has taken so long to be concluded – but performances are seriously now rising in standard.
Ferdinand is still playing at the highest level of club football, and bar some strange ‘footballing reasons’ at England level is still one of Europe’s finest defenders.
The contract may only be a season extension, but in terms of Ferdinand’s Man United career and recent performances, I think he deserves it.