Ferdinand is 34 in November and only has this season left on his contract.
Sir Alex Ferguson, the United manager, has said he will be offered a one-year rolling deal after that, which the player is comfortable with.
Ferdinand told The Sun: “Nothing has happened yet and I don’t see it happening until at least after January because that is the way the manager works. I am not a special case because I am Rio Ferdinand. Hopefully the manager pulls me aside and says ‘I want you to continue playing here’ because I love playing for this club and love being here.
“We always get challenges at United, that’s been the case since before I arrived. Now, the challenge is City and we have to rise to that.”