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Giggs to be offered new contract

The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson pledged to extend the contract of Ryan Giggs, the club's most decorated player.

Ryan Giggs, left, has been in excellent form the Red Devils.
Ryan Giggs, left, has been in excellent form the Red Devils.

MANCHESTER // The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson pledged to extend the contract of Ryan Giggs, the club's most decorated player. The former Wales international's contract ends in June, and he is still a key member of the first team squad despite being 35. He had revealed that he could retire at the end of the season, though a new offer could sway the winger's decision. "Ryan will be offered a new contract, of course," Ferguson said. "He has been fantastic for us this season - he seems to be getting even better with age.

"He could win the Footballer of the Year award and it would be fitting if he did after the career he has had. He seems to be one of those rare people who find that age and injuries don't catch up with them." While lacking the pace to burst down the left wing as he once did, Giggs has created a new role for himself at the heart of the midfield to prolong his career with the Premier League leaders.

Giggs has won 10 Premier League titles, two Champions League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups in a career stretching back to 1991. He made a club record 759th appearance in the Champions League final win over Chelsea, surpassing United legend Sir Bobby Charlton. *AP