Manchester United have today announced that Rio Ferdinand will have a testimonial on August 9th against Sevilla. It seems strange timing, given that the player marked his 10th year at the club last summer, having signed for United in July 2002. You would think he either should have had it last year or planned to have it when he left the club. Having just signed a contract extension, Rio will be at the club until at least next summer.

Still, it will be a good occasion to celebrate the eleven years Rio has spent with us so far, for a player who undoubtedly loves being here.

“This is going to be a big night for me as well as an emotional one,” said Rio. “I cannot believe where those ten years have gone and I am lucky to have spent them here at Manchester United. This club is unique in every way, the history and drive of the place is unbelievable, it spurs everyone to succeed. The fans are the best in the world, their commitment is amazing and I have appreciated their support throughout my career. I hope they enjoy the night as much as I intend to.”