Rio Ferdinand: I rejected Chelsea transfer in 2000

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Rio Ferdinand has sensationally revealed that he previously turned down an offer from Chelsea, choosing instead to join Leeds United from boyhood club West Ham back in the year 2000.

The former Manchester United defender - who currently plays for QPR - made the claim in his new autobiography '2sides', which was officially released on sale to the public on Thursday.

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Ferdinand explained that he rejected the chance to move to Stamford Bridge because he needed to get away from 'the bright lights' of the capital, and focus on his football.

The 35-year-old credits David O'Leary for helping him take his game to the next level, which ultimately earned him a lucrative move to Old Trafford two years later.

Ferdinand enjoyed 12 successful seasons with the Red Devils before finally leaving the club in the summer, returning to London where he was reunited with ex-Hammers boss Harry Redknapp at Loftus Road.

Chelsea gossip:

Filipe Luis says it is hard for him to be happy as a bit-part player for Chelsea but is ready to wait for his chance under Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge. (London Evening Standard)

The left-back cost the Blues £16 million to bring in from Atletico Madrid in the summer, but has since failed to start a single Premier League game.

Chelsea are preparing to match any bid Manchester United may make for Real Madrid star Sami Khedira, who is approaching the end of his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu. (The Express)

The Red Devils have been linked with a £10 million bid for the World Cup winning Germany international in January, and Jose Mourinho is ready to rival them for his signature.

Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of MK Dons wonderkid Dele Alli, after Liverpool reportedly agreed an £8 million fee to sign the 'English Messi'. (The Express)

The Reds have moved to secure the services of the 18-year-old midfielder, with the deal set to be formally announced as soon as the transfer window reopens in January.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he wanted to sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa this summer. (Daily Star)

The Spain international has enjoyed a prolific start to his career in the Premier League, after moving to Stamford Bridge in a £32 million deal, and Gunners fans will be gutted that they missed out on his signature.

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