Manchester United ace hoping to prolong Old Trafford stay

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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has ruled out the possibility of retiring at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old defender will become a free agent in the summer if he fails to agree new terms with Manchester United.

However Ferdinand has revealed he is still pinning his hopes on extending his stay at the Premier League champions following on from a disappointing season for the former Leeds United ace on a personal and collective level.

Ferdinand had been in and out of the starting line-up under former Manchester United boss David Moyes - but did return to the fold on Saturday in what proved to be a comfortable victory against Norwich.

The Manchester United star, speaking to reporters after his side's 4-0 victory against the Canaries, said on his future: "I’m going to continue playing. Whether it’s here, I don’t know. But I hope so.

"When you have been successful, you don't ever want to look on a negative perspective or from a negative viewpoint. You always look at it and think: 'What can we win and what do we want to win?'

"That will be no different next season, I am sure. Whoever is here, whoever is managing, the aim of this football club is to win trophies and we have done that consistently for the last 25 years. Long may that continue."

Manchester United are unlikely to offer Ferdinand a new deal until they have confirmed the identity of their new manager.

Louis van Gaal, who is the clear favourite to replace Moyes at the helm of Manchester United, or whoever is going to take up the reins at Old Trafford may decide to move Ferdinand on.

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