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Rio Ferdinand's future unclear as the defender considers retirement

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Rio Ferdinand's current contract with Manchester United expires at the end of this season and the experienced defender has informed the club that he may not sign a new contract to extend his spell with the club for another year, reported the Daily Mail.

The 31 year-old's recent form has been erratic, raising serious doubts over his future with the 19-time English champions. Sir Alex Ferguson, however, believed that the defender has ‘two or three years of football left in him' and he would be offered a new 12-month contract before the season ended.

Ferdinand is not so confident of continuing his career much longer and told Inside United magazine, “It's always good to hear the manager say things like that but you have to take every week and month as it comes. I'll have a better idea of that [continuing my career] in December or January time when the games start coming thick and fast.”

Ferguson has been struggling with defensive options this season as Nemanja Vidic, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling spent a considerable part of the season recovering from injuries and the United boss would prefer to have the English veteran on his roles for another few years, even if he falls down the pecking order.

United insiders believe that Ferguson could convince the defender to delay hanging up his boots by a year at the very least. The player was recently axed from the England national team over fitness concerns and he could be close to an end to his club career too, having spent the last eleven seasons at Old Trafford.