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Manchester United veteran’s message to new manager

Rio Ferdinand says that he is “fit” and “healthy” to carry on playing for Manchester United.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is out of contract at the end of the season and his future is wrapped up in uncertainty.

There have been suggestions that he could be given a new deal by the Red Devils, while other reports claim that he could be leaving Old Trafford for good.

Ferdinand is 35 years of age and is past his best. This campaign, the former England international has managed just 11 starts in the Premier League, although his experience (apparently) meant a lot for the sacked David Moyes, who started him in seven Champions League fixtures.

Next season will be massive for the Manchester outfit and a new manager (probably Louis van Gaal) could be looking to younger players to build for the future. Ferdinand is unlikely to be a regular player in the first team and will lose his importance on the pitch even more.

However, Ferdinand insists that he can still do the job for United. He has dismissed suggestions that he could retire from the game altogether and stresses that he is fit enough to play week in week out.

‘I'm fit, I'm healthy and I want to continue playing’, The Guardian quotes him as saying. ‘I've spoken to a lot of mates of mine in the game and they all say the same thing – keep playing for as long as you can. I want to do that... I just want the best solution for the club. Whatever it is I'll respect it and, after that, I'm open to offers. I'd rather wait and see what happens at United and then there'll be a decision to be made’.

It is clear, then, what Ferdinand plans to do: wait for an offer from United and if it doesn’t come, then look to move elsewhere.

The ball is now in United’s court.

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