Manchester United star set for new deal

Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is set to offer centre back Rio Ferdinand a new one year contract at Old Trafford, according to the Daily Mail.

Ferdinand pulled out of the England squad for their crucial World Cup qualifiers last week and also missed United’s win at Sunderland yesterday.

The former West Ham and Leeds defender has been on inspiring form this season which lead to his England call up but a strict training reigeme leaves the 35 year old struggling to play more than one game a week.

United play Chelsea tomorrow in their FA Cup replay with the winners heading to Wembley to face Manchester City in a gripping semi-final tie.

Ferguson’s side have one hand on the Premier League title and so a number of players, including Ferdinand, were rested on Saturday allowing a strong side to run out at Stamford Bridge on Easter Monday.

‘Rio’s international career has been in doubt for a while. He hadn’t been picked for quite a few games,” Ferguson told the Daily Mail.

‘The physio and sports science departments here have been handling him in the correct way. He has enjoyed that and it has allowed him to have one of his best seasons.

‘That is why Roy picked him, because his form has been absolutely outstanding. There’s a way that we are treating Rio in terms of getting him ready for big matches. As everyone knows, we try to get him ready for the games that really matter.”

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