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Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand determined to carry on playing next season

Last Updated: 09/05/14 8:17am

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Rio Ferdinand: United contract expires at end of season

Rio Ferdinand: United contract expires at end of season

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Rio Ferdinand intends to play on next season but he admits he has no idea if he will still be at Manchester United.

The veteran defender has made only 22 appearances in all competitions for United this season and will be out of contract in the summer.

Speculation over his future at Old Trafford intensified when interim manager Ryan Giggs omitted Ferdinand from his match-day squad for United's final home game of the campaign against Hull.

Nemanja Vidic is set to leave the club this summer, but fellow centre-half Ferdinand does not know if he will follow his fellow centre-half out of the club.

The role of Giggs is also unclear, with Louis van Gaal the leading contender to be appointed David Moyes' full-time replacement following the World Cup.

"I am fit, I am healthy and I want to continue playing," said Ferdinand, who joined United from Leeds in July 2002 for a then record fee of £30million.

"I have spoken to a lot of mates of mine in the game and they all say the same thing - keep playing for as long as you can."
Rio Ferdinand

"I have spoken to a lot of mates of mine in the game and they all say the same thing - keep playing for as long as you can.

"The club at the moment is in a position where they can't really make any decisions about anything.

"For me to be saying I want to do this or that is irrelevant, because we have got to see who becomes the new manager and boxes will be ticked from there.

"I just want the best solution for the club. Whatever it is, then I will respect it. After that I am open to offers.

"But I would rather wait and see what happens at United and then there will be a decision to be made."

Ferdinand also urged United to put a "disappointing season" behind them and move forward under the new manager.

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"There is no point harping on about what David Moyes did and what went wrong. We have got to turn the page," he said.

"You can't move forward if you keep looking back. A new manager will come in and he's the person we've got to get behind, to work with and make sure he gets it right.

"It is important everyone works together to continue the process of winning as that is what we are.

"We are a team that's won lots of titles and cups and we want to get back to that."

Ferdinand also believes England's squad for the World Cup this summer will benefit from lower expectations than in previous major tournaments.

"It is a brilliant position for them to be in, they have been given almost a free hit to go there and to produce," added the former England captain.

"They have a great bunch of young players and I think attacking-wise it is the best condition we have gone into a tournament with for years, in terms of fitness, youth, fearlessness through age, and guys who have done well this season with their clubs.

"If they can replicate the form they have shown for their clubs in an England shirt in this tournament, then we are in for some exciting times."

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