Is this the end for Giggs United hero delays contract talks until summer
11:24 GMT, 13 January 2013
11:50 GMT, 13 January 2013
Ryan Giggs will decide at the end of the season whether to call time on his illustrious 23-year Manchester United career.
The 39-year-old, the most decorated player in Premier League history with 12 titles, has made just 16 appearances for United this season as manager Sir Alex Ferguson carefully manages his fitness.
Indications are that Giggs will be offered a one-year contract extension to continue his top-flight career into his 40s, a case strengthened by a number of game-changing performances this season.
New contract Ryan Giggs will decide later in the season whether he wants to extend his Manchester United contract into his 40s
He played an outstanding, looping pass that set up Robin van Persie's late equaliser at West Ham in the 2-2 FA Cup third round draw last week.
But speaking to the Sunday People, Giggs, also a four-time FA Cup and two-time Champions League winner, said he would wait before deciding on his future.
'I will see how I feel and see how I am contributing, and then I will sit down and talk to the manager,' he said.
'I am cool with that. I am enjoying my football at the moment, but the end of the season is a few months away and you never know what will happen.
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'I have to contribute as well as enjoying both training and playing.'
Giggs credited Ferguson for allowing him to play on into his late thirties, a significant point given Chelsea's unwillingness to give 34-year-old Frank Lampard a new deal and Liverpool's policy of only signing players under the age of 23.
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'In a way I suppose I get an easier ride than some of the younger lads, and that's because the manager recognises I have different needs at this point,' he added.
'But don't get me wrong, my fitness has to be spot on, otherwise I just couldn't compete with the rest of the guys either in training or during matches.'