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Welsh midfielder Ryan Giggs has signed a one-year contract with Manchester United, ensuring that his decorated football career will extend into his 40s.
The extension will keep Giggs with the team until June 2014. He made his United debut in March 1991 and will make his 1000th senior appearance against Norwich Saturday on the 22nd anniversary of his bow.
"I am delighted to have signed a new contract. I am feeling good, enjoying my football more than ever and, most importantly, I feel I am making a contribution to the team," Giggs said.
"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," he added.
Giggs has made 931 appearances for United, a record for any player at one club, while his 64 Wales caps and four games for Great Britain take his overall total of games to 999.
Giggs has won almost every award, including the Premier League 12 times as well as four FA Cups, three League Cups, two UEFA Champions Leagues, one Super Cup, an Intercontinental Cup and a Club World Cup.
He also scored in the last two Manchester United games, keeping his scoring streak in each of the 23 seasons going.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson hailed the veteran as a role model who is a complete one-off.
"He is a marvelous player and an exceptional human being. Ryan is an example to us all, the way in which he has, and continues to, look after himself," Ferguson said.
Ferguson also assured Giggs that there's a coaching job waiting for him at Old Trafford when he decides to retire from active competition.