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Ferdinand recalls conflict with hooded Manchester United hooligans

Ferdinand will be out of contract again in June 2013. (©GettyImages)
Ferdinand will be out of contract again in June 2013. (©GettyImages).

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed how he was confronted by a gang of hooded fans during his contract talks with the club eight years ago, reports The Guardian.

The group, calling themselves the "United boys", turned up outside the England international's house to demand that he signed a new deal.

In an interview with Four Four Two magazine, the 34-year-old recalled how his Manchester United future had been the subject of intense speculation at the time, after he had been photographed in a restaurant talking to former Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon, sparking rumours that Ferdinand was planning to swap Old Trafford for Stamford Bridge.

"Basically I went to see my agent for half an hour and Kenyon was with him," he explained. "Someone's taken a picture and made out like we're having a bloody meal together.

"So I'm saying to these guys [who turned up at Ferdinand's house], 'If I'm going to do a deal with another club, do you think I'd be doing it in broad daylight?'"

Recalling the night he was set upon by the gang of youths, the centre-back told how he was asked to come to the door but could not see anyone on his security monitors.

"So I go to the side door and grab a big bit of wood, jump on the side of the wall and I'm just about to scream 'raaaah!' when I see there's a massive group of people, with hoodies and caps covering their faces.

"I just thought, 'I'm going to get served up in a moment, so go bananas and they'll think you're a nutter!'

"Then one of them said, 'We're the United boys, f*****g sign your contract,' and I was like, 'What you talking about? I've only just started negotiating two months ago, what you worrying about?'

"One of the neighbours had called the police by then and they got off when they heard the sirens."

With the veteran defender's current United contract set to expire in June 2013, Ferdinand will be hoping that history does not repeat itself, should negotiations go to the wire again.

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Ferdinand can perform at the highest level for another two or three years, and recently indicated he will be offered a 12-month contract to extend his Old Trafford career into an 11th season.

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