Ferdinand Claims He Does Not Plan To Follow In Cole's Footsteps
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has claimed that he does not plan to follow in the footsteps of former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole, who recently joined Italian club Roma on a two-year contract. Regarded as one of the best left backs in the world, Chelsea decided not to extend the contract of the 33-year-old as he was coming to the end of his career. It was widely speculated that Cole would be joining a club in the MLS or Middle East. However, he surprised everyone by staying in one of top European leagues after signing for Roma.
Ferdinand is also available on a free transfer after leaving United at the end of last season. He is reportedly discussing terms with QPR over the possibility of agreeing a short-term contract in a bid to extend his career. However, there have also been rumours that he could retire from football and concentrate on his business whereas he also is on the wish list of several Middle Eastern clubs. Ferdinand has confirmed that he plans to carry on playing despite being not wanted at United, while he also confirmed that he does not want to spend his last few years playing in a non-competitive league.
These suggest that the 35-year-old could sign a new deal with QPR in the next few days. “Not really no. My family want to get settled and have a base and that’s in London. I’m a London boy at heart so I’m happy to be back in London. This year I’d love to play as many games as I can and then you take stock at the end of the season and see where you’re at. I’ve done that for the last few seasons anyway. I don’t think I’ve got anything to prove to anyone,” said the defender.