United trio agree new deals

18 April 2008 01:09
Manchester United have agreed new long-term contracts with defensive duo Rio Ferdinand and Wes Brown, as well as midfielder Michael Carrick. Ferdinand had already confirmed that he was close to extending his time at Old Trafford, having joined the Red Devils in the summer of 2002 for £30million from Leeds United. He told the club's official website: "I'm enjoying my time at United, I love being here and that's not changed. "Being part of a successful team is great and to be part of the tradition that goes along with that is an honour in itself. "To have the opportunity to stay here for another four or five years would be fantastic." The versatile Brown had been linked with a move away from United at the end of the season, but has now agreed fresh terms with his one and only professional club. Brown, 28, has made nearly 300 appearances for the Red Devils, being able to operate anywhere across the back four. Sir Alex Ferguson said of Brown: "There's no other club for Wes Brown. He's a Manchester United player and we were always quietly confident he would sign." Carrick joined United in the summer of 2006 for £18.6million from Tottenham Hotspur and is closing in on the 100-appearance mark for the Premier League champions.

Source: ESA