Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to retired defender Gary Neville.
Neville announced earlier this week that he is hanging up his boots, with immediate effect, having made over 600 appearances for United since coming through the club’s youth system.
And Ferguson has nothing but praise for the 35-year-old, who has never played professional football for another club.
The Scot said: “A fantastic, incredible man. He came to us a 13-year-old boy, an avid United fan and he remained that way all his life.
“He made a great career out of fantastic will and determination to be the best. He is an absolute legend at our club and will remain so for the rest of his life.
“He has created that family atmosphere in the dressing room time and time again over the years.”
And Ferguson revealed he is keen to see Neville remain involved with the Old Trafford outfit in some way.
The Scot added: “He'll remain with the team. He'll train whenever he wants to train, we want him to stay on some capacity.
“He's been a terrific example to all the young players here. The number of times he's helped the young players with their contracts.
“He's prepared to fight for them, to fight their corner and make sure they get the right deal.
“They all owe him a debt, these young players who have gone to Gary for advice and help.”