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Veteran Ryan Giggs has signed a new one-year contract extension to keep him at Old Trafford past his 40th birthday, according to the BBC.

The 39-year old midfielder’s deal will tie him at the club until June 2014 and complete his 23rd season as a first team player.

The former Wales captain began his career with United in March 1991 and has since scored 168 goals in 931 appearances. He is one of the most decorated players in history and has won 12 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, 4 Football League Cups, 8 Community Shields, two Champions Leagues, 1 Super Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup and 1 FIFA Club World Cup.

Giggs, who scored in the wins against Everton and QPR recently to become the first player in history to score in every single Premier League season since its inception, told the BBC he still feels he has something left to give.

“I am feeling good, enjoying my football more than ever and, most importantly, I feel I am making a contribution to the team.

“This is an exciting team to be part of, with great team spirit, and we are again pushing for trophies as we head towards the business end of the season.”

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson added:

“Ryan is an example to us all, the way in which he has, and continues to, look after himself.

“What can I say about Ryan that hasn’t already been said? He is a marvellous player and an exceptional human being.

“He has fantastic energy for the game and it is wonderful to see. Ryan seems to reach a new milestone every week, and to think that he now has 23 unbroken years of league goals behind him is truly amazing in the modern-day game.

“His form this year shows his ability and his enjoyment of the game are as strong as ever and I am absolutely delighted that he has signed a new contract.”

The new deal means Giggs will play past his 40th birthday, on 29th November.

Including his appearances for Wales, and his four for Great Britain, Giggs could make his 1,000th senior appearance on Saturday against Norwich in the Premier League – or if he does not feature in that game, against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.

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This article was first posted on March 1, 2013