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Giggs set for new United deal
25 Jan 2009 - 11:35:05
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed his intention to offer Ryan Giggs a new contract.
Giggs, 35, is coming towards the end of his latest one-year rolling contract and recently suggested he could retire at the end of the season.
But Ferguson is hoping the offer of a new contract will persuade the former Wales international to extend his record-breaking Old Trafford career.
Giggs is the club's all-time leading appearance maker after 19 years in the first team.
"Ryan will be offered a new contract of course. He has been fantastic for us this season - he seems to be getting even better with age," Ferguson told the Sunday Mirror.
"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."
Meanwhile, Ferguson has played down fresh injury concerns after seeing Danny Welbeck and Fabio Da Silva join his already lengthy list of absentees during the 2-1 FA Cup fourth round victory over Spurs.
"Danny Welbeck got kicked on the ankle. It's nothing serious but I don't think he'll make Tuesday (at West Brom)," he told MUTV.
"Young Fabio has a calf strain and it's disappointing because he's only just come back from a long injury. He did very well too.
"You could do without these things but I've got (Darren) Fletcher, Giggs, (Darron) Gibson and (Rodrigo) Possebon who are all fresh.
"I'm okay with midfield players and the front players. It's just the full-back positions that cause us a bit of concern."