News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has signed a new contract to keep him at Old Trafford for another year.
"I am delighted. It has been an incredible journey and I am glad it will continue,” said the 34-year-old centre-back.
New manager David Moyes approved the deal and he expressed his ‘delight’ that Ferdinand will remain with the Red Devils.
“It is clear for everyone to see that Rio has had one of his best seasons with the club," he said.
"Even from the outside you can see what a big character Rio is around the dressing room.”
"I am delighted he has signed a new contract and I am looking forward to working with him,” Moyes added.
Meanwhile, reports have emerged today that Sir Alex Ferguson will earn £100,000 a day in his new role as an ambassador for the club. Ferguson stands to earn £2 million for just 20 appearances annually in his new role.
Elsewhere, England manager Roy Hodgson is set to give United youngster Phil Jones his chance to shine at centre-half in the upcoming fixtures against Ireland and Brazil, according to The Mirror.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloways believes Wilfried Zaha will be a Manchester United star of the future after the youngster signed for the Red Devils in January.
“Wilf's talents will win games in the top flight and he will help Manchester United to win matches with their new manager next season,“ insisted Holloway.
In transfer news, the Daily Mail reports that United have received ‘no approach’ for Wayne Rooney from Paris Saint-Germain despite rumours linking him with a move to the Ligue 1 champions this summer.
The Guardian, however, claim that Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema could be on his way to Old Trafford.
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has told United to ‘forget about’ target Robert Lewandowski, insisting the Polish striker is staying at the club.
“My conclusion is that Robert is not leaving Borussia. He will play here for the next season. That is why I don’t want to even think about which club he may fit better,“ insisted Klopp.
Similarly, United have been told they ‘can’t afford’ to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford as has been suggested by some this summer.
Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon is quoted as saying:
"There are not many teams that could afford to pay him what he deserves and who can pay Real Madrid what they are asking for.”
“There are three clubs - Manchester City, PSG and Chelsea. I don't think any other club is going to pay that amount of money for a player."
However, United could definitely afford Wigan midfielder James McCarthy who has been linked with interest from David Moyes.
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