Gill: No Rio hitch
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Gill has stated there is no hitch in Rio Ferdinand's contract talks.Manchester United chief executive David Gill has stated there is nothing standing in the way of Rio Ferdinand penning a £100,000-a-week contract extension.
The Red Devils and England international defender are currently locked in talks regarding extending Ferdinand's deal that has two years to run.
A section of the club's fans have questioned the former Leeds man's loyalty to the Old Trafford club, but Gill understands the 26-year-old wants to look after his own interests.
"There is no stumbling block," said Gill to BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek.
"We want him to stay, he wants to stay and in my experience, when that situation prevails, invariably the player stays.
"We did support him through his suspension, as we would any player in that situation. But I don't think just because we were loyal to him it means he should definitely sign.
"It is his career and he has to make sure the financial terms are right. We don't equate that with disloyalty.
"It is too easy when you are looking at multi-million pound contracts and a player's career [to say] if you don't sign you are disloyal.
"I know Rio relatively well and think he has been very loyal to this club."
Meanwhile, Manchester United winger Chris Eagles has been linked with a season-long loan switch to Charlton Athletic.