Rio Ferdinand has signed a new five-year deal that will keep him at Old Trafford until he is almost 35, in which time he foresees plenty of success ahead.
The centre-half has reached the zenith of his career, with performances that have been consistently outstanding throughout the season.
Ferdinand, who joined the Reds in summer 2002 from Leeds United, is excited about the future ahead.
“This is a fantastic club and I'm delighted to sign a new contract," he said on Thursday.
"It's a great honour to be part of this trophy-winning team and to share in the success, which I am sure, will continue for many seasons to come. I'd like to thank the manager, the coaching staff, the players and the fans for the tremendous support they have given me since I joined the club."
Sir Alex Ferguson was clearly delighted to safeguard the future of one of his most important players.
"Rio’s contribution this season has been a major factor in our outstanding defensive performance," said the Reds boss, who intimated that the 29-year-old is a future regular captain in the making.
"He has matured into his role at the club and has shown, when needed, what a great captain and leader he can be. I am delighted Rio has signed a new contract."
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