Silvestre wants to stay
By Nick Hatton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre vows to fight for his Old Trafford future.
Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre is vowing to fight for his Old Trafford future, despite being dropped for Wednesday's game with West Ham.
With first choice left back Gabriel Heinze ready to return at the start of next season, and £12 million signings Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra joining the squad, Silvestre's future looks in doubt.
The Frenchman could have made the switch to Lyon in January after six-and-a-half years with United, but he remained in Manchester, making eight successive appearances until being dropped on Wednesday. But with United willing to accept offers for the £3 million-rated defender, Silvestre has revealed he wants to stay and prove he has a future at the club.
"The club signed two new defenders during the winter, so there really is competition," he said.
"But I'm ready for the challenge. The spirit is really good in the team and the defenders are battling for a place.
"The manager told me I would be playing less so I had to step up if I wanted to play, but I like it."
United will need to sell fringe players to raise funds to sign key players next season as Sir Alex Ferguson looks to loosen Chelsea's grip on the title. It will come as bad news to the 28-year-old, whose days at Old Trafford could be numbered if he continues to be omitted from the team.
However, the defender remains unfazed.
"As long as I'm playing, no matter which position and being part of United and always starting games, it's really important for me.
"It's what drives me in training and I'm really happy with my form."