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Football: Ferdinand plans to play on next season

Published on May 9, 2014 6:04 AM
Manchester United's English defender Rio Ferdinand does stretching exercises during a team training session at their Carrington training complex in Manchester, north-west England, on April 8, 2014, on the eve of their Uefa Champions League second leg quarter-final football match against Bayern Munich in Germany. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Rio Ferdinand insists he has no intention of retiring even if the former England defender is forced to leave Manchester United in the close-season.

Ferdinand's current contract with United expires at the end of the campaign and there has been no suggestion as yet that he will be offered a new deal after spending much of the season out of favour with boss David Moyes, who was sacked last month.

The 35-year-old did not make the match-day squad for United's final home game against Hull under interim manager Ryan Giggs, who is set to be replaced by Holland coach Louis van Gaal after the World Cup.

But Ferdinand, who joined United from Leeds in July 2002 for 30 million pounds (S$63.3 million), feels he still has plenty to offer, regardless of whether his future lies at Old Trafford.

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