Rio Ferdinand confirms his intention to continue playing with Manchester United beyond the end of the season ad dispels talk of his retirement

Ferdinand is out of contract at the end of the season but the defender is targeting at least another year on the pitch but will have to wait for United to appoint a new manager first

Rio Ferdinand has confirmed his intention to continue his playing career with Manchester United beyond the end of the season, and has hinted that he feels if he can maintain his current levels of fitness he could still go on for another two or three years.

Ferdinand is out of contract with United at the end of the season, and while talks have not yet begun over an extension, the defender admits the club have more pressing concerns to handle first as they search for a new permanent manager to succeed David Moyes.

Under interim manager Ryan Giggs, Ferdinand returned to the starting line-up last week for the 4-0 victory over Norwich, and Ferdinand told BT Sport in an exclusive interview that he is still enjoying his football and dispelled recent reports that he is considering retirement from the game altogether.

“I feel fit, I feel healthy, I feel good,” said Ferdinand. “I'm enjoying my football so I'll definitely be playing on for another year, hopefully two or three more.  But I'll take it year by year and hopefully another year.”

The 35-year-old, who joined United from Leeds in 2002 for a then British-record of £30m, went on to reveal that talks are yet to start with the club.

 

“I think it's the same as last season, we didn't thrash things out until the real last week of the season, I think it was,” Ferdinand added. “But this year's obviously different with the managerial position not sorted out yet.  So my situation comes way shorter down the list than that which is expected. 

“So I'll obviously be waiting, playing the games until the end of the season and see what happens.  See if a new manager comes in or Giggsy gets the job or whoever, we'll have to wait and see.”

He added: “The most important thing is the club and the club's position with who they go with and once that's sorted out then everything else can take place after.  As I said I'm happy here, I love playing my football.  Manchester United's been great for me, it's enabled my dreams to come true and a lot of the things in football for me. So I have to respect whatever decision the club do and I'll do what's best by the club.”

Having been his team-mate for the past 12 years, Ferdinand now finds himself answering to Giggs until the end of the season, with Moyes seeing his 10-month reign at Old Trafford come to an end two weeks ago.

While Ferdinand admits that the season has been a major disappointment, he feels that the appointment of those members of the famed ‘Class of 92’ now leading the club has lifted spirits among the squad.

“The season hasn't gone to plan, it hasn't gone as well as what we want it as a club,” he admitted. “You don't like looking at the league table. When you're top of the league or fighting for the league you're always looking at the table, every morning you wake up, it's in your mind. Right now it's not something you want to look at, it's not pretty.

“So it's not been good in that sense and we want to see it improving and obviously the changing of management, Giggsy and Scholesy, Butty, Phil and the others are in charge now and it's been good. It's been 10 days or so now we've had with them, enjoying the training and stuff. Giggsy seems to have taken to it really well.”

With the 40-year-old player-coach now beginning his managerial career, does Ferdinand feel that the Welsh veteran has let the power go to his head and prevent the players from addressing him by his nickname?

“No it's Giggsy. We had a meeting first, he called a meeting and at the end of the meeting it went quite silent and I said look, what do we call you then? Gaffer? Giggsy? What? He said just call me Giggsy, I'm alright like that. But he's parking in the manager's spot now, so he's getting comfortable!” Ferdinand said.

Rio Ferdinand was speaking on the BT Sport show, SportsHUB. BT Sport is free with BT broadband, to find out more visit www.btsport.com

Suggested Topics
Sport
sportSo, how closely were you paying attention during 2014?
News
One father who couldn't get One Direction tickets for his daughters phoned in a fake bomb threat and served eight months in a federal prison
people... (and one very unlucky giraffe)
Arts and Entertainment
Joel Edgerton, John Turturro and Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and Kings
film
Arts and Entertainment
Brendan O'Carroll as Agnes Brown in the 2014 Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas special
tvCould Mrs Brown's Boys have taken lead for second year?
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in Tim Burton's Big Eyes
film reviewThis is Tim Burton’s most intimate and subtle film for a decade
Arts and Entertainment
Jack O'Connell stars as Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken
film review... even if Jack O'Connell is excellent
Arts and Entertainment
Madonna is not in Twitter's good books after describing her album leak as 'artistic rape and terrorism'
music14 more 'Rebel Heart' tracks leaked including Pharrell Williams collaboration
Sport
Rooney celebrates with striker-partner Radamel Falcao after the pair combine to put United ahead
footballManchester United vs Newcastle match report
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all