Rio Ferdinand hopes his association with Manchester United never ends, and wants to add more medals to his collection before even contemplating retirement.

The England defender moved to Old Trafford from Leeds United in the summer of 2002, and has been part of five Premier League winning sides during almost a decade in Manchester.

Ferdinand could yet register another title victory this season, with United seemingly destined to lift a 20th league crown come May after Manchester City's weekend defeat to Arsenal.

The 33-year-old may be well accustomed to ending the campaign victorious, but will rejoice as much as anyone else should United secure the Premier League trophy this season, as his career edges towards its end.

Ferdinand is realistic over how many years he will have fighting for trophies at the top level, but hopes he can continue featuring prominently for Manchester United for many years to come.

"You think it could be your last one or two [titles]," he told manutd.com. "You don't know. I would want to go out on a high note.

"There are not many players who leave this club doing exactly what they want to do.

"You want to do it as hard as you can and finish on a good note because I don't think it would be good finishing your career with a loss, or by not winning something.

"The losses now do my head in. To think I wouldn't be able to rectify it the season after because I had retired or left would rankle.

"I am not thinking about retirement. I am trying to play as long as I can. I have another year after this and I want to do another 10!"

He added: "I love this club and I love being here. I love the history of the club. My association with the club will be there forever."

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