Rio to wait on future decision
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand admits his fitness will
decide whether or not he signs a new deal at Old Trafford
The 34-year-old has struggled with a back problem for the last
few years, but the former England international has managed to
overcome the injury to play more regularly in the past 18
Ferdinand’s current deal expires in the summer and United boss
Sir Alex Ferguson recently hinted the defender was in line for a
new deal after hailing his form this term.
Former West Ham and Leeds ace Ferdinand admits the praise from
Ferguson was a boost, but he wants to see how his body copes with
the busy winter programme before making a decision on his long-term
“The best thing I can do is to look at it after Christmas, and
then again in the summer, to see how I’m feeling and go from
there,” said Ferdinand. “But hearing the manager saying I could go
on for maybe another two or three years definitely puts the spring
back in your step.
“I will have a better idea about that in December or January
time when the games start coming thick and fast. That is when it
really hits you and you know the hard work has to start.
“I will probably then get a better gauge of where I am,
fitness-wise, and the benefit of having the summer off then.”