Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he is in no rush to sign a new contract, despite his current deal coming to an end in the summer.
Manchester United have a history of nurturing their star players to eek extra years from tiring legs, with Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes both playing regular soccer games well into their late thirties, and Sir Alex Ferguson believes that, at 33, Ferdinand could still have at least another couple of seasons in him yet.
Despite Ferguson’s confidence, Ferdinand would rather re-assess at Christmas before committing his future to United. "The best thing to do is look at it at Christmas, then again in the summer to see how I am feeling and go again from there” Ferdinand said. "But hearing the manager say things like that definitely puts a spring in your step."
With Ferdinand’s England career seemingly over he is now free to concentrate on his club football and he seems convinced that his omission from Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad has helped him to ensure that he has been consistently available this season.
"I think it has but I will have a better idea in December and January when the games start coming thick and fast," he added. "That's when it really hits you, you know the hard work has to start and you begin to think about the home stretch.”
Given recent events off the field, Rio Ferdinand could be forgiven for wanting to walk away from football at the end of this season, despite many Premier League predictions tipping him to stay on.
Whilst Ferdinand will no doubt look back at his England career with some regrets he has enjoyed huge amounts of success at Old Trafford and, if this is to be his last season, he will surely be pushing to ensure that his club career ends in triumph rather than fizzling out in the way that his time with the national team did.