Old Trafford veteran to continue

Giggs to carry on for another season

January 21, 2011

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has confirmed he intends to extend his Old Trafford career into an incredible 22nd season.

Ryan Giggs
GettyImagesRyan Giggs has continued to perform at a high level despite his advancing years

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Giggs, 37, has been playing on season-long contracts for a number of years now, with a decision generally taken in the spring about whether he wants to carry on.

And after another campaign in which his influence has not appeared to wane, the veteran Welshman has revealed that he has no plans to retire in the summer.

"I am quite happy still playing at the moment and enjoying my football as much as ever,'' Giggs said. "I said if I was still enjoying myself and still getting picked I would carry on. We will sit down and talk but I am really looking forward to playing next year.''

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has offered high praise for the midfielder's recent performances and confirmed the "good news" that Giggs will be continuing at Old Trafford for at least one more season.

"I spoke to Ryan a few days ago. He is happy to have another year and that is good news,'' he told MUTV. "You can see his fitness. It is incredible.

"He could do another year, who knows, another two years, because his fitness is so good. I never expected him to be here so long but as the years went on there were improvements in terms of sports science and fitness, and Ryan is very much into yoga too.

"That gives you a better chance of course. But Ryan has also been prepared to make sacrifices and be a really good professional.''

Giggs is bidding to win a record 12th league title this season to go alongside his two European Cups and the countless other trophies on his mantlepiece.

All of this has been achieved under Ferguson. And although their relationship has changed down the years, the mutual respect is obvious.

"It is good to hear praise from the manager,'' Giggs said. "He would be the first one to tell me if I was not playing well or my form wasn't good. We talk a lot more and we are a lot more honest with each other.

"He tells me when I am not going to play and gives me a little bit more notice now. It is a great relationship and one that has been a big part of why I am still playing.''

Ferguson confirmed the decision to extend Giggs' contract had already been taken, and raised the possibility his star winger could carry on beyond that.