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Manchester United will honour Rio Ferdinand with a testimonial match against Sevilla at Old Trafford on August 9.

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Ferdinand, 34, recently signed a new one-year contract meaning he will spend a 12th season with the club.

Signed from Leeds in 2002 the defender has made 432 appearances for United in all competitions, winning six Premier League titles as well as the Champions League in 2008.

"This is going to be a big night for me as well as an emotional one," Ferdinand told the club's official website. "I cannot believe where those 10 years have gone and I am lucky to have spent them here at Manchester United.

"This club is unique in every way, the history and drive of the place is unbelievable, it spurs everyone to succeed.

"The fans are the best in the world, their commitment is amazing and I have appreciated their support throughout my career. I hope they enjoy the night as much as I intend to."

Recently retired manager Sir Alex Ferguson added: "It is great that the club are granting Rio a testimonial for his services to the club.

"He is one of the best central defenders this club has seen. Rio has a natural ability to read the game and I said last month that I believed that this season has been the best of his Manchester United career.

"It will be a fantastic night for him and the fans, but it also gets next season's campaign off to a great start."


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