Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand wants to spend the rest of his playing career at Old Trafford.
“I have two more years on my contract, I’d like to finish my career at United. The club have made an approach to my agent but there’s so many games it’s difficult to get around the table. By the end of the season, if not sooner, it should be done and dusted.”
Sounds about right. What’s important here is that both player and club are focused on negotiating a deal for the long run, and as long as both parties are pulling in the right direction the only thing you need on your end is for the agent to go along as well.
Other notable contract issues involving Manchester United include Patrice Evra, who recently said that he’d like to extend his contract at the club as well (reports suggest that, as always, it’s a money and agent issue) and one Wes Brown, out of contract this season and Manchester United through and through but still no sign of being signed on for future seasons because of money issues.
Some fans suggest that the club should break their wage structure to accommodate good players, but if you start doing that with everyone, very soon the wages spin out of control. Manchester United have indulged one or two players but even Roy Keane once went on record as saying that the board were very hard negotiaters (his exact words were less flattering), so it’s not always going to be an easy ride.
Hopefully Ferguson can sign all 3 defenders to new contracts at the end of this season.
Oh – and John Terry? Here’s how to answer a question when asking about whether you should be captain or not.
“Being given the duty the other day was a real honour for me, I’d love to be the captain of England, who wouldn’t?
It’s not going to be the be all and end all, it won’t make or break my career or make me lose sleep at night.
I’m still going to have the same thoughts and apply myself the same way regardless of who is being picked as captain.
I want to win things and we need eleven captains out there not just the one.“
I didn’t listen when people criticised Rio and I’m not going to gush when he talks about loyalty to United – what’s far more important is that a) the player is class – and Rio is class and b) United show their intention to keep him by performing well on all fronts – and that’s what they’re doing.