Tottenham target 'not thinking' about Old Trafford exit

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Rio Ferdinand has no intention of leaving Manchester United in January despite being linked with a move to Tottenham reports ESPNsoccernet.

The 32-year-old England international has come into criticism for some of his recent performances, and after seemingly falling down the pecking order, his future has becoming the subject of conjecture, with a switch to the MLS also mooted.

Red Devils chief Sir Alex Ferguson suggested on Tuesday that Ferdinand is no longer in his first-choice pairing at the back for Manchester United, due to losing the yard of pace he had five years ago.

However, he also indicated that despite increasing competition from the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, Ferdinand still has a future at Old Trafford providing he alters his game accordingly.

"For the moment, Rio stays at Manchester United," a source told ESPNsoccernet. "Despite all the speculation that he wants to leave in January in pursuit of a regular first team place, that is not the case.

"For now he is staying and will stay until the end of the season. He has two more years on his contract, this season and then another year, so he is in no rush to decide the next step."

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp admitted recently that he made an audacious attempt to bring Ferdinand to White Hart Lane in the summer, and with a number of defensive injury problems at Tottenham at present, it's no surprise he has been linked to north London again.

"He has been linked with Spurs or a move to America," added the source. "But he is not thinking about Spurs or anything else.

"He is concentrating on getting himself in the best shape to get back into the Manchester United team."

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