Ferdinand calls for new United deal and says he can keep going just like Giggs and Scholes
11:11 GMT, 2 February 2013
11:44 GMT, 2 February 2013
Rio Ferdinand has expressed his desire to extend his contract at Manchester United past the end of the season but is not worried that discussions are yet to take place.
Back and knee injuries have plagued the centre-back over the past few seasons, but Ferdinand has managed to reassert himself in the United first-team and wants to carry on going for several more years.
'Manchester United is a great club, the No1, and you would never want to play anywhere else if you can still play for them.'
Longevity: Rio Ferdinand is sure he can continue for many more years
'People were writing me off when I was
out injured and saying my career was coming to an end but I know my body
and was confident I could get through,' he told the Sun.
'United will always be in my blood now.'
A consistent injury-free run
in the Premier League has given Ferdinand the chance to prove to all
his doubters that even at 34, he is worth a new contract.
He missed the 2010 World Cup due to injury, and with the arrival of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones over the past few seasons he was being pushed further down the pecking order.
United: Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have struggled to play together
But Ferdinand has managed to regain both
fitness and form, and has forced himself back into Alex Ferguson's
plans. With his contract finishing in the summer, the England
centre-back is sure that he deserves a new deal.
'I want to be able to contribute properly and be a player they actually need. You can tell if you're not really needed at a club any more. You just know.'
Ferdinand knew that he had more to
offer, and when Nemanja Vidic and Chris Smalling got long-term injuries,
he was given his chance again.
'I don't expect to be treated any different to the other older players like Giggsy or Scholesy, who normally sign on again at the end of the season.'
Still there: Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have prolonged their careers
If United beat Fulham on Saturday they can stretch their lead to 10 points over rivals Manchester City, who have to get three points against an in-form Liverpool to keep up with the pace.
Ferdinand's presence will also be vital as United come across Real Madrid in the second round of the Champions League, and as they continue their challenge in the latter stages of the FA Cup.