Ferdinand close to agreeing Man United contract extension

The 34-year-old's advisors have confirmed talks between the player and the club over a new contract are progressing as planned, with a deal hoping to be reached later this week
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is close to agreeing a extension to his current deal after playing an integral part in the club's 20th league title.

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The former England international's contract expires this summer but the club are reportedly keen on keeping the 34-year-old at Old Trafford.

Ferdinand made 34 appearances in all competitions this season, and was named in the PFA's Team of the Year. His representatives say that negotiations are progressing well.

Ferdinand's representatives told Sky Sports: "Talks regarding Rio's new contract are moving along nicely and hopefully we will have some news soon."

The former West Ham and Leeds defender is expected to agree a one-year deal to extend his Old Trafford career beyond 11 seasons.

The Red Devils' defender scored the winner in Sir Alex Ferguson's last home game against Swansea, his first effort for over five years.

Ferdinand arrived at Manchester United from Leeds for a transfer fee of £30 million following the 2002 World Cup, a world record figure for a defender at the time.