Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has played down fears that defender Rio Ferdinand will leave the club when his current contract expires.

United have tended to offer one year contract extensions year after year to their older player and Ferdinand now fits into that category at the age of 34.

Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are in similar positions, but Sir Alex is hopeful that all three will still be in his first team squad come the start of next season.

Ferdinand has impressed this season after recovering from a series of injuries in 2012 and while his England days may be over, he still has a lot to offer at club level.

The former West Ham and Leeds defender has finally rekindled his partnership with Nemanja Vidic at the heart of the Old Trafford back line and Ferguson has never questioned Ferdinand’s ability or commitment to the club.

“Rio has had a great season,” Ferguson told Sky Sports.

“I don’t think there is any reason why he won’t stay.

“We give players one-year contracts, there is nothing wrong with that. I don’t think players with the reputation and ability of Ryan Giggs,  Paul Scholes  and Rio Ferdinand should worry about a one-year contract.