Ferguson not concerned with Ferdinand’s Man Utd contract

Sir Alex Ferguson sees no reason to panic over the imminent expiration of Rio Ferdinand’s Manchester United contract, revealing that he feels sure the centre-back will remain at Old Trafford past the end of the current season, Sky Sports has reported.

With Ferdinand’s deal due to expire this summer it had been mooted that the former England international could move on to pastures new, or perhaps retire from football altogether after the history of back trouble that plagued the defender in recent years.

Ferguson however insists that Ferdinand does not want to leave the club, and that the injury problem that blighted Ferdinand in the past is no longer an issue. The manager added that United do not expect Ferdinand to play every four days anyway, meaning he gets ample time to rest.

We are not panicking about that, Ferguson said. “I don’t think Rio wants to leave and, as I have said before, he can play on.

I don’t think he has the same issue with his back that he had a couple of years ago. It is manageable now. There is no way you would be expecting him to play every four days right through a season anyway,” the manager continued.

Ferdinand has been at United for more than a decade now, moving to the club from Leeds United shortly after the 2002 World Cup. He has made more than 400 appearances for the Red Devils, winning the Premier League title five times and the Champions League once.

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