As the weeks ticked down to the end of the season, and with a contract extension unsigned, questions were being asked about Rio Ferdinand's future as a Manchester United player.
With the departure of United legends, Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes, retirement became a trend at the end of this season.
Ferdinand's name was also mentioned, but there was no concrete speculation about the Englishmen's opinions towards full retirement.
Although Ferdinand will remain at Old Trafford, having signed a new one-year deal, the classy defender has decided to hang up his boots from the international stage.
He has been a fantastic centre-back, representing English in major tournaments, showing the world what a talented and strong player he is.
David Moyes, the former Everton manager and replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson, was pleased to hear that Ferdinand has decided to continue playing for at least one more season.
“Rio has had one of his best seasons with the club and even from the outside you can see what a big character he is in the dressing room, so I am delighted he has signed a new contract,” Moyes told the Express. “I am looking forward to working with him.”
Moyes will have the pleasure of working with Ferdinand, hopefully persuading him to remain a United star for more than one more year. Things will be different without Ferguson being close by at Manchester United, but having another ten-year veteran around will be a massive help.
Although Ferdinand had a challenging start to the season, as the campaign continued his form improved. With Phil Jones and Jonny Evans showing huge promise, Ferdinand has had to fight hard for a first-team spot.
He is a committed and talented defender who is not only a nightmare for any attackers playing against him, but he is also a key asset in Manchester United's success.
If the next season is successful for Ferdinand, he could continue winning silverware at Old Trafford for even longer.
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