Rio Ferdinand rewarded with new contract at United

by Sam Peoples

“I am delighted to have signed a new contract. 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” Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand has signed a one-year contract extension that will see him stay at Manchester United at least until the end of 2014.

It is great news that the 34-year-old has been rewarded for a superb season that saw him named in the PFA Team of the Year.

Ferguson felt that Ferdinand had had his best year in a United shirt and I agree. He was imperious at the heart of our defence and played a vital role in United winning our trophy back.

Speaking to the official website, Ferdinand said: “I am delighted to have signed a new contract. 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”.

He had been written off only a couple of seasons ago but through good management and hard work, Ferdinand put his injury problems behind him and re-found the sort of form that made him one of the worlds best centre-backs at one  stage.

And new manager David Moyes is looking forward to working with Ferdinand who remains one of the best centre-backs in England.

He said: “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”

This year, he threw the towel in on his England career and United should reap the rewards as there is no reason that Ferdinand cannot carry on for a couple more years given how well he has played this season.

It might be a cliche but Ferdinand’s signature might be as important as a new signing and his importance to the team next year cannot be underestimated. Ferguson’s departure means that United will need experienced heads in the changing room and Ferdinand has been at the club for 11 seasons now.

Well done Rio and well done United for giving him the contract.

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