Manchester United will open contract talks with Rio Ferdinand at the end of the current campaign, PA Sport understands.

The England centre-half´s current deal expires at the end of the 2008/09 season and, in line with United´s renewal policy under the Glazer regime, negotiations will begin 12 months before the end of that contract.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been exasperated with attempts to tie fellow England defender Wes Brown to an extension and last week issued a broadside on players who "live in the pockets" of their agents.

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