Ferdinand to wait until summer for Man Utd contract talks

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will wait until next summer before opening contract talks with the club, according to the Mirror.

The England international currently has more than 18 months on his contract, but has faced injuries and criticism in the last season which have created rumour of an Old Trafford exit. Interest has been rife from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, as well as MLS side Chicago Fire and two of Qatar’s richest clubs.

Ferdinand started against Swansea yesterday and that was his third consecutive start, which was the first time in 2011 he has played three games in a row. Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes that the 32 year old is not his number one centre half and with the development of Phil Jones, Ferdinand’s time may be running out.

The United defender will be 35 when his present deal expires and wants the club to keep hold of him. Ferdinand was integral to a great spell of the club’s history and is hoping United will be able to hand him a series of one-year deals like they have with the rest of their veterans.

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