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The 34-year-old’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season and it has been mooted in some quarters that the former England International may take his opportunity to retire.

However, Ferdinand has refused to dampen speculation that his future could also lie away from the Red Devils, with Premier League rivals West Ham United believed to be willing to take their ex-defender back.

His manager Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to see the player pen a new deal as he reckons the player he signed for £29.1 million from Leeds, still has plenty to offer United.

Ferdinand has insisted that he will not be rushed into any decision he makes, even if he is considering extending his stay with Manchester United, but the defender admits that he was pleased to hear his manager praise the contribution he makes to the side.

“It is always good to hear the manager say things like that,” Ferdinand told Inside United.

“But you have to take every week and month as it comes. 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.

“But hearing the manager say things like that definitely puts a spring back in your step.”

Ferdinand, who was again overlooked by Roy Hodgson for England’s friendly against Sweden on Wednesday night, will be hoping to feature in Manchester United’s trip to Carrow Road on the weekend.

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