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Rio Pens United Extension

Rio Ferdinand has signed a one-year contract extension with English champions, Manchester United.

The 34-year-old defender, who signed for the Red Devils for £30 million from Leeds United in 2002, announced the deal on his Twitter account on Thursday.

“Sooooo happy to sign a 1yr extension for this great club, living the dream. Roll on next season #MUFC” he tweeted.

Keeping veteran stopper Ferdinand is a canny first piece of business for new United manager, David Moyes.

The Scot will need trustworthy and loyal generals who are steeped in United’s culture if his transition at the club is to be smooth and successful.

“It is clear for everyone to see that Rio has had one of his best seasons with the club and I think even from the outside you can see what a big character Rio is around the dressing room so I am delighted he has signed a new contract and I am looking forward to working with him," Moyes told United’s website once the news of Ferdinand’s deal became official.

Ferdinand added: “I am delighted to have signed a new contract. Who wouldn’t want to play in this fantastic team in front of 75,000 fans each week, it has been an incredible journey and I am glad it will continue.  I can now fully concentrate on my club career, which has worked well for me over the past few years

“This is a great team to be part of and we are now moving into a new era with the club which is very exciting.  I have met with David I am really looking forward to working with him and winning many more trophies with this great club."

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