Rio Ferdinand has no intention of leaving Manchester United and is focused on regaining a regular starting berth, according to his representative.

The veteran centre-back's future at Old Trafford has come under increased speculation in recent days amid reports that he is a target for MLS outfit Chicago Fire.

Meanwhile, Ferdinand's problems with injury and the emergence of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling mean he is no longer assured of a place in Sir Alex Ferguson's first-choice XI.

But, contrary to reports, the 32-year-old is brimming with the same passion and desire to succeed that he possessed when he signed for United almost 10 years ago.

"It has been a very frustrating period for all concerned," explained long-standing friend and agent Jamie Moralee.




 

"What he wants to do is put his injuries behind him and start showing the form that even last season he produced against some of the very best forwards in the world.

"Rio understands there is some great talent at Manchester United. But he is up for the challenge of that and I am sure he has a big part to play.

"He is now in his 10th season at United. He still has a great hunger and desire to win trophies. It is the type of challenge he thrives on."

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