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Giggs has no concerns over new United contract

Ryan Giggs does not expect to encounter any problems in talks over a new contract with Manchester United.

Early negotiations have already begun over a deal that would extend Giggs' first-team duties into an incredible 17th year, with both Sir Alex Ferguson and chief executive David Gill previously expressing optimism over the outcome.

Giggs is equally relaxed, even though his present contract expires in the summer. After spending so long in Ferguson's squad, the 33-year-old knows his form will determine how long remains there.

'We have had a brief chat, so hopefully it will get sorted out sooner rather than later,' he said. 'But there have never really been any problems ever with my contracts. Maybe two or three years ago, but even then it was not a massive one.

'We trust each other, which comes from 15 or 16 years in the first team. I don't think I need to play well in specific games otherwise I won't be offered a contract. Generally speaking, if I am doing well, everything else will take care of itself.'

It is certainly not something Giggs will spend any time dwelling on, believing there is enough pressure on his shoulders already as a United player.

'It is not something I worry myself about,' he said. 'You could easily get caught up in `I have only got a year left so I need to play well' and put that added extra pressure on yourself.

'But the pressure playing for United in itself is enough you don't want to put added pressure on. I just try to enjoy it because I feel the more I enjoy my game the better I play.

'That has been the case over the last few years because I am coming to the end of my career.'

Giggs, who will return to United's squad for tomorrow's trip to Birmingham, was one of the senior men excused the Carling Cup embarrassment against Coventry this week, meaning the former Wales skipper should be fresh for the trip to St Andrews and a reunion with his old team-mate Steve Bruce.

The 33-year-old has not been relaxing at home though, taking time out to visit patients at the Francis House Hospice in south Manchester.

Kirsty Howard, the little girl who touched the heart of a nation - and David Beckham in particular - remains the face of Francis House but Giggs, who first visited with Lee Sharpe 12 years ago, is keen to do his bit for the organisation, who have been selected as one of the partners for the recently-launched Manchester United Foundation.

Aside from donating items to be auctioned on behalf of Francis House, United will open Old Trafford for a fundraising event at some stage during the three-year partnership and also host a sponsored abseil down the massive North Stand.

Giggs had a particularly emotional meeting with terminally ill six-month-old Ciara Koo, one of the Francis House's youngest patients.

As a father of two young children himself, Giggs feels it is important to give his time to both offer support to the organisation and help raise funds and profile.

'As a young player, I saw what a high-profile person can do for charities and local communities and I took that on board.' he said. 'A lot of footballers get a bad press but generally they do give up a lot of time for charity and it is important they do.'

Giggs knows it will probably require another season to eclipse Sir Bobby Charlton's club appearance record.

Currently 35 adrift of Charlton's 759, Giggs admits there are times, notably on Monday morning after the previous day's punishing win over Chelsea, that he feels his legs will not carry him much further.

But, largely, the Cardiff-born star is content that he can continue his stellar career for a good while yet.

'On Monday, I thought I only had a week left in the game because I was so knackered,' he laughed.

'But generally I feel quite good. This year the squad is that much bigger than it was last season, so hopefully we can all cope with the injuries and tiredness a bit better.'