Rio Ferdinand reveals he was close to retiring before QPR deal

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Rio Ferdinand has admitted that he was ready to retire from football and start his career in television as a pundit, but put that on hold when Harry Redknapp offered him a deal to join Queens Park Rangers.

Ferdinand worked as a pundit during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and did a great job.


The defender left Manchester United at the end of last season after a huge 12 years at Old Trafford, where he enjoyed a lot of success throughout his career.

The defender revealed that he received many offers from across Europe, America and even the Middle East but said: 'If I had not come back to a team in London, I probably would have retired'.

'I would have done TV, maybe coaching. I enjoyed the TV work in the summer so I would have done more of that.'


The 35-year-old was said to have taken a rather large pay cut to join QPR, but it didn't bother the Manchester United Legend in the slightest.

Ferdinand revealed that money has never been an issue for him and has never impacted any of his decisions in his football career.

'I could have earned a lot more money elsewhere but the money has never been an issue for me,' Ferdinand said.


'People sometimes forget that when you are a kid, you play football because you love playing football. This was not about money, it was about playing in a competitive league, in London, for a team I have an affinity with from years ago.'This was the first club I ever went to as a kid.'

Rio Ferdinand is looking forward to finishing his career with QPR and explained that finishing his career with Harry Redknapp is a fairytale.

The QPR manager had this to say on Rio Ferdinand, 'He's a class act on and off the field.

'On the training ground he'll be a great role model - the way he conducts himself, the way he trains, the way he looks after himself. He'll be great for me and he'll be great for the club'.

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