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Manchester United duo Park Ji-Sung and Mikael Silvestre have signed new deals at Old Trafford.

Silvestre has signed a new deal to keep at United until 2009, while Park has been rewarded with a deal until 2010.

The news of Silvestre's contract extension comes as something of a surprise as the Frenchman has been heavily linked with a move away from United.

United revealed earlier this year they would listen to offers for Silvestre following the January arrivals of Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic.

Silvestre took the challenge on board fighting for his place in United's starting XI and Sir Alex Ferguson feels he is an important member of his squad.

"Mikael has been an important member of the squad for seven years now," said Ferguson.

"His experience at the club will help the younger players as they develop and he has a central role to play in the first team."

Park impressed during his debut season at United helping them win the Carling Cup and finish second in The Premiership.

The South Korean international has established himself as a key member Ferguson's side and he was keen to tie him down to a new long-term deal.

"Ji-sung has had an impressive first year and I am pleased to have secured him to the end of the decade at least," said Ferguson.

"He has adapted well to the Premiership and is probably the best off-the-ball player we have.

"His movement and awareness is fantastic and he has been blessed with good stamina, a great attitude and good character."