Friday, March 01, 2013


United front: Giggs and Ferguson with the rest of the squad after the Welshman agreed his new deal
Veteran Manchester United player Ryan Giggs has signed a one-year contract extension to stay at Manchester United until the summer of 2014.

The deal will take Giggs, who will celebrate his 40th birthday in November, into a 23rd season as a first-team player at Old Trafford.

Giggs told the club's official website: '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.

'I am delighted to have signed a new contract. I would like to thank Sir Alex and the coaching staff and I would also like to thank David Gill who has been a tremendous support over my many years here.'
Deal me in: Ryan Giggs puts pen to paper with manager Sir Alex Ferguson (right) and chief executive David Gill

Giggs is on course to win a 13th league championship with United 12 points clear of Manchester City.

His next game will be his 1,000th senior appearance, which includes games for Wales and Team GB at the London Olympics.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: '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 could be playing his 1,000th game tomorrow and I don't think that will ever be achieved again, the way players contracts seem to work these days.

'He deserves this contract as his form has never changed. He still has great balance and touch on the ball and great fitness.

'He still gets you a goal, too.

'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.'

Asked if Giggs would one day move on to the coaching staff at Old Trafford, Ferguson was adamant.

He added: 'That will happen. We have done the same with people like Nicky Butt and Brian McClair and when Ryan finishes it will be exactly the same.
'We are good at that.'

Giggs came through the ranks at Old Trafford and was offered his first professional contract in 1990 on the day of his 17th birthday.

He made his League debut against Everton on March 2, 1991 as a substitute for Denis Irwin.

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