Park extends Manchester United contract

Updated: Aug 13, 2011, 08:53 AM IST

Manchester: Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung has signed a new contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until at least the end of the 2012/13 season, the Premier League champions said on Friday.

The 30-year-old South Korean, who has made 177 appearances since joining the club in 2005, has built a reputation as a big game player able to relentlessly break up opposition attacks and send his own team mates on the offensive.

"Ji has been an important player for us for a number of years now," United manager Alex Ferguson said in a statement.

"He has great ability and energy and in recent seasons has added the knack of scoring important goals in big games. He is a popular member of the squad and his experience at domestic and international level is invaluable for the younger players."

The first Asian to compete in a Champions League final in 2009, Park is adored in his home country.

"I have enjoyed every minute of my time at United. I`m delighted to be part of the club during this latest stage in its history -- with another exciting young team being built," the midfielder said.

"I`m looking forward to playing my part in keeping United at the top of the game."

Bureau Report