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17/04/2013 09:05

Papers: Rio reveres Ryan

The Daily Mail's Ian Ladyman writes...

Rio to prolong career... but won't emulate Giggs
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand wants to extend his career at Old Trafford but has no plans to mimic the remarkable longevity of team-mate Ryan Giggs. Ferdinand is out of contract this summer but will be offered a one-year deal. The 34-year-old looks set to ignore overtures from China and America to sign up again but has admitted that he has no chance of extending his top-flight career into his late 30s like Giggs. Rio said: "I’m just enjoying my football, playing in the big games, being a regular in the team. It enables you to hit a bit of form. I hope I can carry on. When you get to my stage you take it year by year. I’m working out my routine. But no-one else will be able to do what Giggsy has done. He’s got a certain body type, works on it and gets the best out of it."

Javier Hernandez would like to start more frequently for United. He says in The Sun: “I’m happy to be at this club but I’d love more games. My attitude is that even when the gaffer wants me to be on the bench I’m going to do my best."

The Sun and Daily Telegraph both claim that FC Porto are interested in signing Anderson, who they sold to United for £18million back in May 2007. Sir Alex is apparently interested in bringing James Rodriguez to Old Trafford as part of a swap deal. The Sun also links United to 21-year-old Roma midfielder Erik Lamela.

Michael Carrick is happy to stay out of the limelight, saying in the Mirror: “I’m not one for promoting myself. I just play my football. I gauge it on the manager's response. I know myself when I’m playing well, but you can’t please everyone."

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says United are "scary" this season. "United have been outstanding and their squad rotation has been Sir Alex's masterpiece. It's pretty scary what total they might finish with."

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