'I'm happy here' – Rio Ferdinand keen to extend Manchester United stay

The defender hopes to remain at Old Trafford but admits the final decision will rest with the club’s new permanent manager, which looks set to be Louis van Gaal

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says he is happy at Old Trafford and has reiterated his desire to renew his contract with the club.

The 35-year-old’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the season and, with no talks having taken place over an extension, he has been linked with a summer move to a host of clubs, including LA Galaxy.

But, just 24 hours after caretaker manager Ryan Giggs called on the club to extend Ferdinand’s one-year deal, the former England international has admitted he is keen to stay put – though he concedes he will have to wait to see if the club’s new permanent manager intends to retain his services.

“Obviously I’ll be waiting, playing the games until the end of the season and see what happens,” Ferdinand told BT Sport in an exclusive interview. “See if a new manager comes in or Giggsy gets the job, whoever, we’ll have to wait and see.

“I feel fit, I feel healthy, I feel good. I’m enjoying my football so I’ll definitely be playing on for another year, hopefully two or three more. But I’ll take it year by year and hopefully another year.

“The most important thing is the club and the club’s position with who they go with and once that’s sorted out then everything else can take place after.

“As I said I’m happy here, I love playing my football. Manchester United’s been great for me, it’s enabled my dreams to come true and a lot of the things in football for me. So I have to respect whatever decision the club do and I’ll do what’s best by the club.”

David Moyes was sacked two weeks ago having overseen a wretched campaign – United currently sit in seventh – and Ferdinand believes Giggs has restored the feel-good factor at Old Trafford.

“The season hasn’t gone to plan, it hasn’t gone as well as what we want it as a club,” he added. “You don’t like looking at the league table. When you’re top of the league or fighting for the league you’re always looking at the table, every morning you wake up, it’s in your mind.

“Right now it’s not something you want to look at, it’s not pretty. So it’s not been good in that sense and we want to see it improving and obviously the changing of management, Giggsy and (Paul) Scholesy, (Nicky) Butty, Phil (Neville) and the others are in charge now and it’s been good.

“It’s been 10 days or so now we’ve had with them, enjoying the training and stuff. Giggsy seems to have taken to it really well.”

Rio Ferdinand was speaking on the BT Sport show, SportsHUB. BT Sport is free with BT broadband, to find out more visit www.btsport.com

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