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Thursday 23 May 2013

Rio Ferdinand signs Man Utd contract extension

Centre-half eyes more silverware as he signs a new one-year contract at Old Trafford

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand scores against Swansea City

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has set his sights on winning more silverware after he signed a new one-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until next summer.

The 34-year-old, who joined United from Leeds United in 2002, has won six Barclays Premier League titles, two League Cups and one UEFA Champions League trophy during his time at Old Trafford and is about to begin his 12th campaign with the club.

Ferdinand has made 298 appearances for Manchester United and has scored seven goals, the latest one coming in the final home match of the season against Swansea City. During the 2012/13 season he played 28 Barclays Premier League matches and was selected in the PFA Team of the Season.

The new deal will give Ferdinand the opportunity to join the elite "500 club". He only needs 20 more appearances next season in the League to reach the landmark.

"Rio has had one of his best seasons with the club"
David Moyes

"I am delighted to have signed a new contract," Ferdinand told the club's website. "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.

"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 I am really looking forward to working with him and winning many more trophies with this great club."

New Manchester United manager David Moyes, who takes over from Sir Alex Ferguson next month, added: "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 and I am looking forward to working with him."

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Key Points

  • Rio Ferdinand signs contract extension with Manchester United
  • Defender commits his future to the club for another year
  • The 34-year-old has been with the club since 2002