Rio Ferdinand is to be given a testimonial at Manchester United, suggesting that the defender could be set to stay at Old Trafford beyond the summer.
Ferdinand, 34, who joined United for £29.1 million from Leeds in 2002, is out of contract at the end of the current campaign.
There has been speculation surrounding the former West Ham man’s future all season, with some suggesting he could be tempted to accept a lucrative offer to play in the Far East or MLS.
However, Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson has given the clearest indication yet that Ferdinand will still be at United next season, confirming that he will have a testimonial for over ten years of service to the club.
"I have spoken to Rio," Ferguson said. "I would imagine the best thing for him would be to stay but at this moment in time he is more concerned about getting an opponent for his testimonial game.
"But we want him to stay and I am sure his representatives will be talking about that with David [Gill]."
Elsewhere, there are also reports that Ferdinand could be set for a call-up to the England squad for the friendlies against Ireland and Brazil at the end of the season.
Despite withdrawing from the squad for the recent World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro, citing an "intricate and pre-planned" training programme, Roy Hodgson may be forced to call on the United man due to a current shortage of options in the centre of defence.