Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is confident that Rio Ferdinand and Javier Hernandez will still be at the club next season.
Ferdinand is out of contract at the end of the campaign but Ferguson revealed that the club will hold talks with the defender’s representatives in a bid to extend his stay at Old Trafford.
Hernandez has scored 16 goals this term and despite often being restricted to substitute appearances, Ferguson hopes the 24-year-old Mexican will stay and fight for his place.
“There is no reason to think this is not the place for him [Hernandez],” Ferguson said.
“We hope he feels as though he has made a contribution. He has scored 16 goals. When he came on the other night [versus West Ham] his movement was terrific. He created a lot of openings for us.”
The United boss also expressed his wish to see Ferdinand, 34, prolong his 11-year career with the club, who are seeking to win their 20th English title with victory over Aston Villa on Monday night.
“We want him to stay and obviously I’m sure his representatives will be discussing things with David Gill (chief executive),” Ferguson added. “I wouldn’t imagine that [moving abroad] would be the best thing for him.”