Giggs pens new deal, set for 24th season
Ryan Giggs has signed a one-year contract extension at Manchester United to ensure the most decorated player in the history of English football will go on into his 40s.
And Sir Alex Ferguson said that the Welshman will get a coaching role at Old Trafford when his playing career eventually ends and that his achievements will never be emulated by another footballer.
Giggs, who made his United debut in March 1991 and will make his 1000th senior appearance against Norwich on Saturday on the 22nd anniversary of his bow, said he is "delighted" that he will now stay at Old Trafford until June 2014.
The 39-year-old, who has been in fine form over the past two-and-a-half months, believes he can continue to make an impact in the team.
He said: "I am delighted to have signed a new contract. I am feeling good, enjoying my football more than ever and, most importantly, I feel I am making a contribution to the team. This is an exciting team to be part of, with great team spirit, and we are again pushing for trophies as we head towards the business end of the season."
Giggs has made 931 appearances for United, a record for any player at one club, while his 64 Wales caps and four games for Great Britain take his overall total of games to 999.
He has won the Premier League 12 times as well as four FA Cups, three League Cups, two UEFA Champions Leagues, one Super Cup, an Intercontinental Cup and a Club World Cup. By scoring in the last two league matches, he ensured he has struck in 23 consecutive seasons.
And manager Ferguson, who said Giggs will face both Norwich and Real Madrid in the next week, hailed the veteran as a role model who is a complete one-off.
Ferguson said: "I don't think what he has achieved will ever be achieved by anyone again. What can I say about Ryan that hasn't already been said? He is a marvellous player and an exceptional human being. Ryan is an example to us all, the way in which he has, and continues to, look after himself.
"He has fantastic energy for the game and it is wonderful to see. Ryan seems to reach a new milestone every week and to think that he now has 23 unbroken years of league goals behind him is truly amazing in the modern-day game. His form this year shows his ability and his enjoyment of the game are as strong as ever and I am absolutely delighted that he has signed a new contract."
Ferguson said that Giggs and Paul Scholes will both join the coaching staff at Old Trafford after they hang up their boots.
"That will happen," he said. "We've done the same with Nicky Butt and Scholes will do exactly the same when he finishes."