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03/06/2013 13:00, Report by Steve Bartram

Tickets for Rio testimonial

Article updated 16/07/2013

Manchester United will face Sevilla at Old Trafford on Friday, 9 August in Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial match.

The 34-year-old, who recently penned a one-year contract extension, will start his 12th season at the club with a showpiece match against the La Liga side ahead of the Reds' Community Shield clash with Wigan Athletic.

With 'Magician Impossible' Dynamo booked to wow the home crowd at half-time, it's set to be a memorable occasion.

"This is going to be a big night for me as well as an emotional one," said Rio. "I cannot believe where those ten years have gone and I am lucky to have spent them here at Manchester United.

"This club is unique in every way, the history and drive of the place is unbelievable, it spurs everyone to succeed. The fans are the best in the world, their commitment is amazing and I have appreciated their support throughout my career. I hope they enjoy the night as much as I intend to."

Sir Alex Ferguson signed Ferdinand from Leeds in 2002 and managed him at Old Trafford until the end of the  2012/13 season. The retired Reds boss said: "It is great that the club are granting Rio a testimonial for his services to the club. He is one of the best central defenders this club has seen. It will be a fantastic night for him and the fans, but it also gets next season’s campaign off to a great start."

The testimonial will kick off at 19:30 BST, and tickets are now available.

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