England central defender will still be with the Red Devils next campaign.
New Manchester United manager David Moyes has received an early boost to his career at Old Trafford with the news that key defender Rio Ferdinand is still keen to extend his stay in the north west next season, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
Ferdinand, 34, has a contract with the 13-time Premier League champions that runs only until June 30 2013 and so is eligible to join a rival club on a free transfer if he so wishes when the summer window reopens for business on 1 June.
The veteran England international was set to sit down with Ferguson at the conclusion to this campaign and discuss the possibility of signing a new one-year rolling contract to remain with the Red Devils next season.
And now it appears as though the centre back will honour his word, despite the fact that Ferguson will himself no longer be in charge of the Premier League champions beyond the end of the summer.
Ferdinand has played in 26 top-flight games, and 32 matches in all competitions, so far this campaign to allay fears about the player’s long-term fitness.