Jonny Evans is on the verge of signing a new long-term contract with Manchester United, according to boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Although there has been no formal announcement from Old Trafford, Ferguson let slip at Tuesday night's player-of-the-year awards that Evans has agreed a new deal, which is expected to be confirmed in the coming days.
"Jonny has proved himself," said the United boss told MUTV. "He has signed a new contract and helps to provide a good foundation for the club for a long time."
It is not believed Evans has actually put pen to paper on the deal at this stage.
The Northern Ireland international has made 64 first-team appearances for United, the latest coming in Sunday's victory at the Stadium of Light, and has proved himself good enough to stand in for Rio Ferdinand during the defender's increasingly frequent injury absences.