England international has been in eye-catching form this campaign.
Veteran Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will put pen to paper on a new one-year deal to remain with the Premier League champions next season, says the Guardian.
The 34-year-old centre back has enjoyed one of his most successful seasons at Old Trafford since joining the Red Devils from arch-rivals Leeds United for £34 million in the summer of 2002.
Ferdinand’s form has been so consistent this campaign as the club have strolled towards a record 20th top-flight title, and 13th Premier League crown, that he was even recalled by England head coach Roy Hodgson to the national team setup earlier this year, despite the ex-Liverpool boss excluding him from the squad for Euro 2012 for ‘footballing reasons’.
However, in the end Ferdinand rejected Hodgson’s advances due to concerns over his longstanding back injury which prevents the player from featuring in more than one match a week.
This season, though, the 81-times capped international has played in 25 of United’s 34 top-flight contests, and 31 games in all competitions, in an injury-free campaign, which is why manager Sir Alex Ferguson is now prepared to offer Ferdinand a new deal to remain in the North-West beyond this summer.