Rio Ferdinand is unsure whether or not he wants to extend his Manchester United contract next season and may even be contemplating retirement. Sir Alex Ferguson would be happy to see Ferdinand play on well into his 30s but the English defender will assess his fitness and then make a decision.
Ferdinand has been a major part of United's defense for a long time now and has plenty of trophies to show for it. In recent years, the defender has been plagued by nagging injuries especially to his back which has caused him to miss long stretches in the Premier League as well as major international tournaments for England. United manager Ferguson stated recently that he could see his central defender play well into his 30s if he stayed fit but Ferdinand may have different ideas and will make a decision by Christmas and then in the summer on whether or not he will extend his United contract for another year.
Speaking to Inside United, Ferdinand 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."
Ferdinand was controversially left out of the Euro 2012 England squad by manager Roy Hodgson but his absence may have actually helped him recover from some of his more lasting injuries and United's stalwart defender has been enjoying an injury free campaign thus far. United are about to enter a period where there will be much congestion in the match schedule and Ferdinand will have a great opportunity to see if the added rest has done him any favors. Ferdinand plans on taking the busy holiday period and assess how his fitness is and then look at it again in the summer to make a determination if his United career will continue.Tags: England, Manchester, Manchester United, Premier League, Rio Ferdinand, Sir Alex Ferguson, Soccer