A lot has been speculated about the future of Rio Ferdinand at Old Trafford after the defender has not been seen in action for almost a month. His contract expires in the summer and there has been no talk about a new deal as well. His last appearance in a United shirt came against Shakhtar Donetsk back in December. However, David Moyes has reiterated that the former Leeds United man remains part of his plans. Ferdinand recently announced his retirement from international football in order to concentrate on his club career.

He has been linked with numerous clubs across the world especially with those from North America showing tremendous interest in him. Ferdinand is yet to comment on his future, but so far he has maintained that he would like to stay at United. Moyes also continued this trend by saying that he wants to keep Ferdinand and that the 35-year-old remains part of his plans. Nemanja Vidic and Jonny Evans have largely been the preferred centre back combination this campaign. Moyes has said that Ferdinand has been one of the best defenders in the Premier league for the last decade and this absence is just a temporary one.

The former Everton manager has admitted that the defence needs to be rebuilt.

“Rio has had a few injuries and little niggles in his calf. But, overall, he is very much part of it. Rio and Vida [Nemanja Vidic] have been two of the best centre-backs in this Premier League generation. For the past 10 years, they’ve been terrific. I will continue using them but there are always going to be other people to come in. This club has to have a line of players ready to take their places and push them,” said Moyes.
Ferdinand has made just seven league appearances this campaign.