In the Football Transfer Tavern there is relief from Manchester United fans who are pleased at the news coming from the Daily Mail that Rio Ferdinand is set to sign a new contract at the club.
In what could be one of the biggest weeks of the season for the club given the Champions League tie against Real Madrid, the news that Rio has followed Ryan Giggs in penning a new deal will reassure fans and give them a boost ahead of Tuesday.
Ferdinand of course has been attracting interest from the Far East and also in North America, yet manager Sir Alex Ferguson feels that the player is set to stay. When asked about the potential deal he claimed: “That is a strong possibility. It would have to happen before the end of the season.”
United are of course renowned for looking after their older players and have plans to include both Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes in their coaching staff once the veteran players finally hang up their boots.
Despite the back injury that Rio frequently suffers from, Fergie claimed that: “He has had a great season.” Not only this but he noted that: “In terms of key matches he has been absolutely brilliant.” As our landlord points out this means that Rio is basically a cert to start the tie against Madrid and anchor the defence once again.