Rio Ferdinand testimonial: Manchester United v Sevilla

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Manchester United will host Sevilla in Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial match.

The Premier League champions welcome the La Liga outfit to Old Trafford on August 9th, with the 34-year-old centre back rewarded for his 11-years of service to the club.

Ferdinand moved to Old Trafford from Leeds United back in the summer of 2002, and the centre back admits it is going to be an emotional night.

"This is going to be a big night for me as well as an emotional one. I cannot believe where those ten years have gone and I am lucky to have spent them here at Manchester United,” he told the club’s official website

"This club is unique in every way, the history and drive of the place is unbelievable, it spurs everyone to succeed. The fans are the best in the world, their commitment is amazing and I have appreciated their support throughout my career. I hope they enjoy the night as much as I intend to."

Sir Alex Ferguson was the man to sign the former England international over a decade ago, and the Scot was certainly behind the decision to reward Ferdinand for his efforts with the club.

"It is great that the club are granting Rio a testimonial for his services to the club,” added the Scot, who left his position as manager at the end of the season.

"He is one of the best central defenders this club has seen. Rio has a natural ability to read the game and I said last month that I believed that this season has been the best of his Manchester United career. It will be a fantastic night for him and the fans, but it also gets next season’s campaign off to a great start."

Ferdinand recently signed a one-year contract extension with the Red Devils, and will play in his 12th season for the club as they look to defend their Premier League title.

His time at Manchester United has been an extremely successful one, winning six Premier League titles, two League Cups, four Community Shields and one Champions League.

The former West Ham starlet will hope to add to that haul next term, but will first welcome Los Rojiblancos for a very special evening at the theatre of dreams.

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