Fergie warns Rio to sign contract

Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has urged Rio Ferdinand to commit his future to the Old Trafford club.

Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has urged Rio Ferdinand to commit his future to the Old Trafford club.

The England defender is in contract talks with the Red Devils, with his agent Pini Zahavi indicating the centre-half is looking for an extended deal worth around £120,000 (€176,000) a week.

The situation has been clouded by revelations that Ferdinand had dinner with Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon last week and, although the Stamford Bridge club have insisted they are not in the market for Ferdinand, Ferguson is dubious about their motives.

He said: “The best thing Rio Ferdinand can do is sign his contract and put the matter to bed. He says he wants to sign for the club and now he has an opportunity to do just that.

“We have offered him a good deal, hopefully something can be done in the next few days.”

Supporters are turning against the 26-year-old, who has two years to run on his current United deal.

They believe he owes United after the club’s decision to stand by him during his nine-month suspension for a missed drugs test.

And Ferguson has now declared it would be in the best interests of Ferdinand to declare his intention to stay with United.

Ferdinand has been impressive since returning to the side against Liverpool in September.

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