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Ferdinand signs new Man Utd deal

Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand signed for United from Leeds in 2002

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has signed a new five-year contract at Old Trafford.

Ferdinand, fellow defender Wes Brown and midfielder Michael Carrick all agreed new contracts in April.

And now Ferdinand, 29, and Brown 28, have completed formalities meaning they could effectively end their careers with the Premier League champions.

Carrick, 26, is also expected to sign a five-year deal in the coming weeks that would tie him to the club until 2013.

"Rio's contribution this season has been a major factor in our outstanding defensive performance and I am delighted he has signed a new contract," said manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferdinand has formed a solid partnership with fellow centre-back Nemanja Vidic and has captained Manchester United on several occasions this season.

It is a great honour to be part of this trophy winning team

Rio Ferdinand

"Manchester United is a fantastic club and I am delighted I have signed a new contract," said Ferdinand.

"It is a great honour to be part of this trophy winning team and to share in the success, which I am sure, will continue for many seasons to come.

"I would like to thank the manager, the coaching staff, the players and the fans for the tremendous support they have given me since I joined the club."

Brown's contract was due to expire in the summer, while 29-year-old Ferdinand had two years remaining on his previous deal.

In the absence of the injured Gary Neville, Brown has been a key figure for Ferguson this season and was subject of a bid from Newcastle during the January transfer window.


"There's no other club for Wes Brown," said Ferguson in April.

"He's a Manchester United player. We were always quietly confident he would sign."

Carrick, 26, only joined the club in 2006 in a 18.6m deal from Tottenham and has become a regular fixture in the United midfield.

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