Doubts have been cast over Ferdinand‚Äôs role at the club since Ferguson went public on the defender losing pace and having to change his game.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve got no thoughts of letting Rio go,‚ÄĚ Ferguson said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs got a part to play. He‚Äôs got experience and he‚Äôs a big figure in our dressing room.
‚ÄúThe players look up to him, so that will continue. He can play for another couple of years, quite easily.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve built the team for the day that Gary Neville left and Rio left, it‚Äôs a fact. We have to look ahead and there‚Äôs nothing wrong with that. But it shouldn‚Äôt mean that Rio looks upon it as the end of his football life.
‚ÄúHe has been such a good player for us that it was important for me to explain his position. The fact is he‚Äôs not as quick as he was five years ago.
‚ÄúThat happens. People lose their pace. But he‚Äôs adjusted his game and he‚Äôs had terrific performances since then.‚ÄĚ