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Rio Ferdinand exclusive: I will never play for Nottingham Forest

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Rio Ferdinand is almost reaching the end of an illustrious professional playing career which has stretched across the past 18 years. The 35-year-old has played Premier League football for West Ham, Leeds, Manchester United and is currently at Queens Park Rangers.

But does he have time to fit in another move before he does hang up his boots? That is what Ryder Cup golfing hero, Lee Westwood, wanted to know, asking Rio if he would ever consider finishing his career at his beloved Nottingham Forest.

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Forest rejection

In an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, Rio responded in typical Rio fashion, looking straight down the camera with a straight-to-the-point: "No." Before laughing it off and saying: "Simple, I can't answer it any other way but no.

"I like Nottingham Forest, I love when they had Stuart Pearce there, Ian Woan and all them type of players, but err, no."

New challenge

The six-time Premier League winner joined QPR in the summer after 12 years at Old Trafford and is hoping for a new challenge at the newly-promoted club, linking up with his former West Ham manager Harry Redknapp.

The west London club are propping-up the Premier League table, while Nottingham Forest have made an excellent start to the new Championship season, unbeaten after 11 games and currently lying second in the league, level on points with Norwich at the top.

Forest on course for promotion?

So there is a strong possibility that next season we could see Forest and the Hoops exchanging places in the league's they are playing in.

Would that change Rio's thoughts on ever playing for the East-Midlands side?

We're sure 45-year-old Westwood would be hopeful of that. Whether they'd be able to afford the ex-England defender's wages, however is an entirely different question in itself.

But who knows, stranger things have happened in football.

Ferdinand has just released his autobiography #2Sides, which went on sale last week.

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