Rio Ferdinand's advisors have confirmed contract talks with Manchester United are progressing nicely and that he could sign a new deal later this week, reports Sky Sports.

The 34-year-old defender is approaching the end of his contract, but is expected to sign a one-year extension, taking his Old Trafford career into a 12th season.

In the aftermath of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement - who ended his 26-year reign as Manchester United manager - and the news that one-club man Paul Scholes has also hung up his boots, news of Ferdinand's probable contract renewal will be a welcome boost to supporters this summer.

Having played an instrumental part in the Red Devils' Premier League title success this season, Ferdinand's influence and experience will be crucial to David Moyes's managerial transition as the Everton boss takes charge of first-team affairs from July 1.

"Talks regarding Rio's new contract are moving along nicely and hopefully we will have some news soon," confirmed Ferdinand's representatives in an interview with Sky Sports.

Ferdinand made 34 Manchester United appearances in all competitions in 2012/13, and will be looking to stay injury free again next year as he looks to help the club towards a 21st top-flight title.

 

 

 

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