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Stalwart Neville pens new deal at Old Trafford

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  • Manchester United captain Gary Neville signs a one-year contract extension
  • Neville made his United debut in 1992 and recently battled a series of injuries
  • Neville joins fellow-veteran Ryan Giggs in signing new contract at Old Trafford
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(CNN) -- Manchester United club captain Gary Neville has signed a new one-year contract extension at the Premier League champions

Veteran defender Neville has been back to his best this season after battling injuries.

Veteran defender Neville has been back to his best this season after battling injuries.

The 34-year-old former England international full-back still remains a first team regular at Old Trafford after battling a series of injuries which cast doubt on his future.

His signature on a deal which commits him to United until June 2010 follows hard on the heels of another veteran Ryan Giggs who also penned a one-year extension.

"Manchester United is the only club I have ever wanted to play for so I am delighted to have signed for another year," Neville told the club's official Web site.

Neville was sidelined by a combination of ankle and groin problems dating back to March 2007, and only returned to competitive action in one match last season, against Roma in April.

He has started nine Premier League games so far this season, featuring in a further three as substitute as he battles for his place with the emergence of young Brazilian Rafael.

But with United still in contention for the quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, League Cup and FA Cup, Neville's experience is valued by manager Alex Ferguson.

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Neville, who made his United debut in 1992, was one of a batch of young players, including his brother Phil, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt, who emerged to form the backbone of the Red Devils' subsequent success.

Ferguson welcomed the news that Neville would remain at least until the end of next season.

"Gary, Ryan and Paul (Scholes) are the spirit of Manchester United and so we are delighted that Gary has signed for another year," said Ferguson.

United will look to stretch their lead in the Premier League to eight points with a victory against Blackburn on Saturday, before a Champions League last 16 clash with Inter Milan and the League Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur on March 1.

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