26 Jan 2009

Giggs to be offered new contract

6:19 am on 26 January 2009

The Manchester United football manager Sir Alex Ferguson has promised to offer veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs a new contract.

The 35-year-old Giggs, British football's most decorated player, hinted earlier in January he might retire at the end of the season.

Ferguson says Giggs has been fantastic for them this season and he could win the Footballer of the Year award and it would be fitting if he did after the career he has had.

The former Welsh international has won 10 Premier League titles, two Champions League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups in his 18-year career with United

He made a club record 759th appearance in last season's Champions League final win over Chelsea, surpassing Bobby Charlton.

Giggs scored the second goal in United's title-clinching win at Wigan last season before converting the decisive penalty in the victory over Chelsea in Moscow.

He is the only United player to have played in all 10 title-winning teams, the only player to have scored in 12 consecutive Champions League tournaments and the only player to have scored in every Premier League campaign since its inception.