Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he wants Rio Ferdinand to play on for another season - and confirmed the defender has been awarded a testimonial.

The 34-year-old, who joined Manchester United from Leeds in 2002 for a then record £29.1 million, is out of contract in the summer, and has been tentatively linked with a move with a lucrative move to China to finish off his career.

However Ferguson has remained adamant throughout that Ferdinand would not be allowed to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season, and the Scot has now confirmed he has spoken with the former West Ham man about extending his stay in Manchester for another season.

"I have spoken to Rio," said the Manchester United manager.

"I would imagine the best thing for him would be to stay but at this moment in time he is more concerned about getting an opponent for his testimonial game.

"But we want him to stay and I am sure his representatives will be talking about that with (chief executive) David (Gill)."

Ferdinand's testimonial will take place before the start of the 2013/14 season against an as yet unnamed opponent.

The defender and his Manchester United team-mates have the chance to wrap up the Premier League title this evening against Aston Villa following Manchester City's defeat against Tottenham yesterday.

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