If Roy Hodgson decides to call Rio Ferdinand back into the England squad, Manchester United will be under pressure to get him onto a new deal.
They will be under pressure to get him onto a new deal because it’s a massive giveaway sign that he still has what it takes to perform at international level.
United have been reluctant to sort out a new contract for Ferdinand up to this point, as they seemingly want him to switch to a rolling deal which is common for a lot of older players at Old Trafford.
However, the fact he could be back in the England frame when everyone thought his international career may be over means United run the risk of losing him to a rival, if they wait too long to put a new deal in front of him.
There are several other top clubs who could use a player of Ferdinand’s stature and experience who may be willing to offer a much better contract than the rolling one-year deal United are bound to go with.
This could be very appealing to Ferdinand as he’s 34-years-old and may want more of a guarantee that he’s going to be playing Premier League football for at least another two or three years.
It just adds pressure on the powers that be at Manchester United to try and get things done quicker than they may have wanted or liked.
They may have been waiting to let his current deal run down before talking to Ferdinand in the summer to see what he wants to get out of the remainder of his career at the top level of professional football.
However, what goes in United’s favour is the fact that Ferdinand has never expressed any interest to leave the club and similar contracts work well for Ryan Giggs and the manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.
It’s a sensible and common type of insurance policy for clubs who don’t want to thrash out new five-year deals for players who will be close to 40 by the time that expires, meaning the club could end up paying him big wages for not doing an awful lot as he takes more and more of a back seat.
The club cannot let him walk away for free at the end of the season and it’s very unlikely to happen, if anything he has maybe another two or three years playing in the United defence and if he gets some sort of assurance in that respect, he won’t be going anywhere.
United fans, worried about losing him?
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