Rio Ferdinand is expected to hold contract talks with Manchester United on a one-year deal, with the central defender expected to seek a similar six-figure sum to his current contract, which earns him around £120,000 a week.
Although any decision is dependent on David Moyes, the incoming manager, whose thoughts regarding Ferdinand have yet to be publicly stated, the 34-year-old is almost certain to be offered terms, given his role in the winning of a 20th title.
After United's 2-1 victory over Swansea City at Old Trafford on Sunday, Ferdinand remarked it would be "nice" to receive a new contract following a season which Sir Alex Ferguson, the outgoing manager, described as the player's best at the club since joining United from Leeds in the summer of 2002.
Injections for a back ailment have all but eliminated a problem that threatened to end Ferdinand's career two seasons ago and his form has impressed enough for him to earn an England recall, and to be voted into the PFA Premier League team of the year by his peers. Although Roy Hodgson, the England manager, is thought to be considering whether to select him again for the squad for the Republic of Ireland and Brazil friendlies, despite the defender declining his last call-up, this month Ferguson said: "Rio Ferdinand has had his best season at the club. Although we've left him out of certain games, because we have managed him the right way, at the most important times he has been there."
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