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Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs rules out return to international football with Wales

Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs has ruled out a Wales comeback but offered to help  Gary Speed in any other capacity.

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Ryan Giggs made 64 appearances and captained his country before retiring in 2007.

Cardiff-born Giggs is one of the greatest players in Welsh history. He made his debut for Wales in 1991 and went on to win 64 caps and captain the side.

He stood down to concentrate on prolonging his club career, but the appointment of former Wales team-mate Speed as John Toshack’s successor sparked speculation the 37-year-old could pull on the red shirt of his country again.

Giggs has now knocked that speculation on its head, saying: “I am definitely not going to play again for Wales, I am just concentrating on playing for United.

“I know Gary will do a great job – he was a great player – and in the future if he ever needed any help, advice or anything from me, that would be no problem.

“I just wish him all the best and I hope he can get Wales winning.”

When asked how long he felt he could continue playing at club level, Giggs said: “For the last two or three years we have reviewed it as the season has gone on to see what I’m doing next year and we’ll do the same this season.

“At the moment I am enjoying it more than ever.”

Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed no talks had taken place with Ryan Giggs over another contract extension to stay with United next season.

However, given the Scot’s assessment of Giggs’ performance against Liverpool at Old Trafford, it seems certain the winger will be granted another 12 months.

“Ryan is an incredible human being,” said Ferguson.

“He defies the logic of forwards when he plays at the level he did last Sunday.

“Obviously we know how to manage him. He doesn’t play every week but he makes a contribution that lifts the team. He did that in the second half last week. He was outstanding.

“His fitness was fantastic. He kept going for the whole 90 minutes. He has been doing that for two decades.

“No other player has ever done that – or is ever likely to. He is quite an amazing man.”


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