Ferdinand unsure over new Man Utd contract

Rio Ferdinand has not yet decided whether to accept Sir Alex Ferguson’s offer of a new contract at Manchester United or hang up his boots at the end of the Premier League season, according to the Daily Mail.

Ferdinand has in the past been plagued by back trouble but has recovered to be a regular feature of the United defence this season. But the 34-year-old will leave it late to decide if he wants to play on for at least another year or take the opportunity to focus on his interests outside of football.

Ferguson has been vocal in his belief that Ferdinand can continue playing at United’s level for the next few years but the player himself is waiting to see how his body copes with the hectic festive programme of games. He said: “The best thing I can do is to look at it at Christmas, and then again in the summer to see how I’m feeling and go from there. I’ll have a better idea of that in December or January time when the games start coming thick and fast.

Ferdinand has been at Old Trafford since July 2002, having previously played for Leeds United and West Ham. To date, Ferdinand has made more than 400 appearances for United, winning the Premier League five times and the Champions League once.

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