Rio Ferdinand has told GiveMeSport he is delighted to have finalised a move to Queens Park Rangers, with Harry Redknapp also telling us he's thrilled to have the player working under him once again.
The former Manchester United defender left Old Trafford at the end of his contract, and became a free agent this summer whilst working in Brazil as part of the BBC’s punditry team for the World Cup.
On return to England, the 35-year-old has now agreed a deal to move to Loftus Road, seeing the centre back link up with former manager Redknapp once again. Understandably, Ferdinand is delighted to have completed the deal.
“I’m delighted to have completed my move to QPR and I am looking forward to playing under Harry Redknapp once again,” Ferdinand told GiveMeSport.
“It’s always difficult leaving a big club like Manchester United, but I believe this is a great opportunity for me to continue my career at a Premier League club.
"We have a big season ahead and a lot of top players at the club, and I can't wait to get back to work with my new teammates."
QPR boss Redknapp has also told us of his delight to link-up with Ferdinand once again, adding an experienced professional to the club's rank on return to the Premier League.
The Hoops are back in the top flight after promotion via the playoffs last season, and the arrival of a player who has spent almost all of his career in the English top flight is a coup for the club from west London.
“I really couldn't be more pleased. Rio’s a fantastic player and a great professional - I'm delighted we've been able to bring him here," Redknapp told GiveMeSport.
“I signed Rio as a 14 year-old. He was class on the field and off the field then, and he's continued in that manner throughout his career. During his time at Manchester United, he was the best defender in Europe, if not the world.
“To bring him to QPR – when he's still got so much to offer in terms of his quality, class, experience and know-how – is a remarkable coup for the club.”
Ferdinand began his career at West Ham United, making his debut under Redknapp in 1996 before a brief loan spell at Bournemouth. On return, he became a first team regular at the heart of the Hammers’ defence before moving to Leeds United for £18million. At the time, it made Ferdinand the most expensive defender on the planet.
After gaining Champions League experience and becoming captain at Elland Road, the Whites sold Ferdinand to Manchester United for a final fee close to £30million. Once again, he would become the most expensive defender in the world, with Sir Alex Ferguson spending big to bring the player to Old Trafford.
Over the next decade, he would become a mainstay of the Red Devils side when fit, winning six Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups and a Champions League.
However, after one final season at Manchester United following Ferguson’s retirement, he decided to take his career in a new direction, and has joined the Hoops following the completion of a medical earlier today.
On the international stage, Ferdinand won 81 caps for England before announcing his retirement in 2011. He scored three goals for the Three Lions, including the opener in a 3-0 win over Denmark in a World Cup last 16 encounter.
Outside of football, Ferdinand has become more involved in TV work, and also has his own online magazine, which recently released Issue 18 with Thierry Henry and Trey Songz - #5 Magazine. For more exclusive interviews and video, you can visit: www.5mag.co