Rio Ferdinand has signed a one-year contract extension with the Premier League champions for a twelfth season.
Ferdinand, aged 34, would have been out of contract this summer but will now be part of David Moyes’s set-up following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I am delighted to have signed a new contract,” Ferdinand said in a statement. “Who wouldn’t want to play in this fantastic team in front of 75 000 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.”
The former England defender finally retired from international football last week to concentrate on his Manchester United career. This decision was met with open arms by fans who had told him to shove his England up his arse after the poor treatment he received from the FA down the years.
Ferdinand has made 432 United appearances since his debut in 2002 and Moyes, who starts his new job on July 1, is pleased he is staying on. Fans of other clubs were giving sports betting tips that he would end up elsewhere this summer with speculation regarding a move to the MLS. Thankfully, that’s been put to bed.
“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,” Moyes said in a statement. “So I am delighted he has signed a new contract and I am looking forward to working with him.”