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Manchester United manager Ferguson rejects retirement talk

Alex Ferguson has been manager of Manchester United since 1986.
Alex Ferguson has been manager of Manchester United since 1986.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Alex Ferguson insists he is staying on as Man United manager past 2010/11 season
  • Media reports suggested Ferguson was considering retirement
  • Ferguson has been Manchester United manager since 1986

(CNN) -- Alex Ferguson insists he has no intention to quit as manager of English Premier League champions Manchester United after speculation suggested he would walk away at the end of next season.

The 68-year-old has been in charge of United since 1986 and has led them to 11 English league titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League triumphs.

Newspaper reports claimed Ferguson was preparing to leave the game at the end of the 2010/11 season, but the Scot says he has no plans to quit football just yet.

Responding to the rumors at a press conference on Friday, Ferguson told reporters: "It is rubbish. There is no truth in it.

The only thing that determines whether I stay here is my health. And I am in rude health.
--Alex Ferguson, Manchester united manager
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"I have no intention of retiring and if I did the people I would tell are [chief executive] David Gill and the Glazer family."

Ferguson did announce he was going retire at the end of the 2001/02 season but later changed his mind. This season he is chasing a record fourth consecutive Premier League title.

Chelsea are currently top of the league but Manchester United are only one point behind going into the final three games of the season.

Ferguson's side face Champions League-chasing Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Saturday -- a game which could have a large bearing on who wins the title.

But Ferguson admits he still relishes the pressure that comes with his high-profile job.

"It is what you have to accept in life," he said. "There is pressure in life. I can deal with it.

"The only thing that determines whether I stay here is my health. And I am in rude health.

"So you'll be left to suffer me for many more years. You'll be gone before I'm gone, don't you worry!"