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Giggs, Scholes to be offered United deals
Published : 12 Dec 2009 13:29:55
SIR Alex Ferguson is not yet ready to ring the changes this New Year at Old Trafford, banking on his old guard as well as his young pretenders. The Reds hierarchy are ploughing through their list and striker Danny Welbeck has become the latest to sign a new deal. The 19-year-old Longsight- born forward has signed a contract that will keep him at the club until 2013. "We are delighted," said Sir Alex. "We see Danny as one of the great young players who has emerged from the academy. He will have a terrific career and we are glad that he has placed his trust in us with his future." Welbeck was equally happy that his immediate Old Trafford future has been settled. "I am really happy, there was never a doubt that this is where I want to be," he said. "I am enjoying every minute and learning so much from all the great players that are here. I would like to thank Sir Alex, the club and the fans for all their support." Welbeck's new deal follows on from the contract signed last week by his fellow young hitman Federico Macheda whose latest agreement sees him tied up to 2014. However, while the teenage troops are being secured on long-term deals, Ferguson is also making plans to reward his old guard. Giggs deal Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes will soon be offered 12-month extensions to the end of next season and the Reds are waiting for keeper Edwin Van der Sar to discuss a year-long agreement. Scholes, who was 35 in November, said last week he was frustrated with his contribution this term and appeared to hint he would consider his future in the summer. "I don't think Paul actually said that. When I spoke to him he said he didn't actually say he was thinking of his future," said Sir Alex. "We are sure about what will happen. We will be offering him a contract and he knows that. "When you get to that age every player starts to think about what holds for him. But you see Scholes's performance at West Ham and in Wolfsburg and there is no reason to think he can't do it next year again. "It is an issue for all of us, you wonder if you can do it all the time. In Paul's case, as opposed to Ryan Giggs, he has opposition from Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Anderson and now Darron Gibson. "Maybe he thinks he should be playing every game. That's fine but I know that's not fair. Scholes longevity "What we want is the quality. We want to see Scholes perform like he did on Tuesday in Germany and the best way of doing that is to gauge the games we know he is going to dominate." While Scholes returned to his best at Upton Park and in Wolfsburg, Giggs has maintained a consistently high standard all term. He celebrated his 36th birthday last month and is on the short list of nominations for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. The winner will be announced on Sunday at the televised event at the Sheffield Arena. "We hope Ryan gets the reward he deserves," added Fergie. "He is an example to young people. He has humility. He has never changed and I think his best years are now. He has retained that amazing quality in his game and also enthusiasm to play. "Longevity should be rewarded. We reward it. He will be offered a new contract for next season and that is an indication of what we think of him coming up to 37 next season." Completing a trio of veterans to be handed new contracts will be 39-year-old Van der Sar. The United boss is expecting his Dutch first-choice keeper to reveal his plans soon. It is almost certain he will commit to another season. "Edwin usually comes to us around this time and tells us what he wants to do," added Sir Alex. "It generally comes in the form of a telephone call from his agent to (chief executive) David Gill, but we have not received it yet." Fergie, meanwhile, has reiterated his stance that Ben Foster won't be going out on loan next month. What do you think? Have your say.