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David Moyes rubbishes Rio Ferdinand retirement talk

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Manchester United boss David Moyes has rubbished speculation that Rio Ferdinand could be set to retire at the end of the season.

Ferdinand has made just seven Premier League appearances this season thanks to a persistent back problem.

The Sun reported today that Ferdinand would not travel with his Manchester United team-mates to Dubai for a mid-season break, and that he could retire at the end of the current campaign.

The 35-year-old took to Twitter to hit out at the article in the Sun, claiming that the writer of the story, Neil Custis, should "get ya head out ya y-fronts".

Moyes, speaking to the press ahead of Manchester United's game against Arsenal tomorrow, denied that Ferdinand wouldn't take part in the warm-weather training camp in Dubai, and rubbished talk he could be set to retire.

''I can only tell you what was written was a load of rubbish,'' he said. ''Complete nonsense.''

Manchester United later confirmed that Ferdinand would indeed be travelling to Dubai with the reigning Premier League champions.

The former England defender is out of contract in the summer and could still follow defensive partner Nemanja Vidic out of the door at Old Trafford.

Vidic confirmed last week that he would be leaving in the summer, and looks set to join Inter Milan.

Ferdinand joined Manchester United from Leeds in 2002 in a deal worth around £30 million. He has gone to make 445 appearances for the Red Devils.

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