Rio Ferdinand’s agent has admitted the England defender’s contract talks with Manchester United have stallled.

Agent Pini Zahavi told The Independent: “No-one is having talks.

“There is no need to speak. He has two years. There was at some stage an idea for a new contract but we could not reach an agreement.”

Zahavi added: “But he is loyal to Manchester United and I am sure at the end of the day he will stay.”

Ferdinand came in some verbal abuse from some United fans towards the end of last season, but according to United chief executive David Gill, the supporters should be more patient with the player.

“We want him to stay, he wants to stay and in my experience, when that situation prevails, invariably the player stays,” said Gill.