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Apr 30, 2010

Neville signs new United deal

Manchester United captain Gary Neville has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2010-11 season.

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Neville, who has made 27 appearances for United this season, has been at Old Trafford his entire career - making his debut for Sir Alex Ferguson's side in 1994 and soon displacing Paul Parker as first-choice right-back.

After suffering a serious ankle injury in a match against Bolton in 2007, Neville's career appeared in danger of being curtailed but after a series of failed rehabilitation attempts, he returned to the first-team fold last season, though John O'Shea was more regularly preferred.

This season, Neville has battled with Brazilian youngster Rafael Da Silva for a starting berth, but has often found himself selected for the club's biggest games - notably both legs of the Champions League last-16 clash with AC Milan, as well as matches against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in the second half of the season.

Impressive performances have led many to speculate that Neville could be set to receive a shock call-up to England's World Cup squad, with Fabio Capello thought to be ready to select him as deputy to Glen Johnson.

Neville joins fellow Old Trafford stalwarts Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs in pledging their future to the club and United boss Ferguson admitted he was delighted with his captain's decision to sign up for another year.

"He deserves it," Ferguson said. "His contribution to the club has been fantastic. Certain players make careers out of determination and will to do it and I think Gary's one of those. What Gary has achieved after being out of the game for 18 months, in his 30s, is astonishing.''

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