WILL RIO STAY?
As the Premier League season approaches its climax, there has already been talk about players leaving. One of the names that regularly gets into the headline over the last few weeks has been Rio Ferdinand. The Manchester United defender has been linked with an exit from Old Trafford after falling down the pecking order at United. Once a regular first-team player and a captain at the club, he has now been reduced to a bit part player under David Moyes. At 35 years of age, he also does not have a long time left in football.
As a result, there has been potential talk about joining MLS clubs in the summer for one final lucrative contract and the chance to play regularly for the next couple of years. However, Ferdinand has rejected such suggestions by saying that he wants to stay at Old Trafford. The 35-year-old is the club’s most expensive defender after having joined from Leeds United more than a decade ago for £ 30 million. Ferdinand has also rejected suggestions that he may decide to end his career and concentrate on becoming a manager.
The 35-year-old recently revealed that he has been taking his badges in order to stay in football.
“I want to continue playing – that’s the aim. Whether that be at Manchester United or somewhere else – that is up to the club. I’m living the dream and want that to continue, but we will have to wait and see at the end of the season,” said Ferdinand. During his time at United, Ferdinand has managed to win several trophies like the Champions League and Premier League. Only a few years ago, he was at the heart of an impeccable defence that featured Nemanja Vidic, with whom he had formed a great partnership. Vidic is set to join Inter Milan on a free transfer.