Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Rio Ferdinand Reveals He May Quit United In Summer

Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand admits he may decline Manchester United's offer of a new deal in the summer and could even hang up his boots. 
 
The Manchester United defender is being tipped for another campaign at Old Trafford by boss Sir Alex Ferguson. 
 
Ferdinand's current deal runs out in the summer and Ferguson is ready to offer him a new one-year contract. 
 
But the 34-year-old may snub his manager's proposal if he feels incapable of competing at the top level next term. 
 
Ferdinand will take time out over the Christmas period to decide whether he wants to carry on. 
 
He said: “It is always good to hear the manager say things like that but you have to take every week and month as it comes. 
 
“The best thing I can do is to look at it at Christmas, and then again in the summer to see how I'm feeling and go from there. 
 
“But hearing the manager say things like that definitely puts the spring back in your step.” 
 
The former England stopper has endured a long running back problem in the twightlight of his career that has restricted his outings. 
 
But he is still a valued part of Ferguson's squad having featured in 11 matches this season and played his part in lifting the Reds to the top of the table. 
 
He is in his tenth season at United having joined from Leeds for £30m and racked up 407 appearances in a Red Devils shirt. 
 
Ferdinand's make or break decision comes on the back of a rare summer off having been ditched from the England scene by Roy Hodgson. 
 
But he's still not sure whether that is going to make it easier coping with the slog of matches around the end of year – the exact time he is will be thinking about his future. 
 
He added: “I'll have a better idea of that in December or January time when the games start coming thick and fast. 
 
“That is when it really hits you and you know the hard work really has to start. 
 
“Then you begin to think about the home stretch. 
 
“I'll probably get a better gauge of where I'm at fitness wise and the benefit of having the summer off then.” 

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