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Last Updated: Friday, 12 August, 2005, 11:57 GMT 12:57 UK
Scholes pens new Man Utd contract
Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes
Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has signed a new two-year extension to his Old Trafford contract.

Scholes, 30, has spent his entire career at the club and his current deal will take him up until June 2009.

"Paul has given us 16 great years of service," said manager Sir Alex Ferguson. "We hope his next four years is as good as his last four years."

Scholes has played in 465 games for United, scoring 128 goals, and was capped 65 times by England.

He scored 14 goals for his country before retiring after Euro 2004, playing in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.

Ferguson added: "He has deserved our loyalty because he has given us plenty back."

Scholes' team-mate Rio Ferdinand signed a new contract at Old Trafford earlier in the week as United prepare for the new Premiership season.

Scholes famously missed the 1999 Champions League final through suspension but has been involved in all United's other major triumphs over the past decade, picking up six league titles.

He has also won three FA Cups, although he did miss the crucial penalty in the shoot-out defeat to Arsenal last May.



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