Manchester United are waiting to see how defender Rio Ferdinand’s fitness holds up this season before entering into talks about extending his contract which expires this summer.
Ferdinand has struggled with a back injury over the last few years though he made 38 appearances last year after a frustrating period in which he managed only 50 games in two seasons.
It is thought that Alex Ferguson is keen to keep the 33 year old and will offer him a one year extension should he maintain his fitness until the new year.
Ferguson has said previously that he expects Ferdinand to play a reduced role at the club as Chris Smalling, Johnny Evans and Phil Jones settle into the first team.
Ferdinand broke the transfer record in 2002 when he signed for United for a £30m fee and is one of the highest paid players at the club, earning around £115,000 a week.