Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is delighted to have signed his new contract.

"To be able to stay at Manchester United for another five years is something I wanted desperately," Ferdinand said. "This is a fantastic club and I am definitely very happy after signing a new contract.

"You see the surroundings, training every day at Carrington and playing in front of 70,000-odd fans every week, what more could you ask for?

"It is a great honour to be part of this trophy winning team and to share in the success, which I am sure, will continue for many seasons to come.

"I would like to thank the manager, the coaching staff, the players and the fans for the tremendous support they have given me since I joined the club."