Rio Ferdinand exclusive: I had offers from abroad while at Manchester United

United defender never saw the appeal of moving abroad (©GettyImages)

Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he had offers to move abroad whilst at Manchester United, but turned them down due to the success he was regularly having at Old Trafford.

In an exclusive video for GiveMeSport, the 35-year-old was pitched some questions from a range of sportsmen, one of them being tennis legend Boris Becker.

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No interest from Bayern

The 46-year-old German asked the ex-United man if he had ever been approached by his favourite team, Bayern Munich. 

"I had interest from abroad, not Bayern Munich that I know of," he said.

None of the current England squad play outside of the Premier League and very few have ventured abroad in the last few years. Ashley Cole being the last to do so, leaving Chelsea for AS Roma of Italy in the summer.

Record breaker

Ferdinand began his career at West Ham United, before a switch to Leeds United in 2000. He enjoyed two years there, reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League.

It was in 2002 when he signed for Manchester United in an at-the-time British-record £30m fee, making Rio the world's most expensive defender for the second time.

But he was so successful in the north-west, regularly winning trophies and honours that a move abroad never interested him.

Glittering career

He claims: "I never chose to go abroad, I got to a club like Manchester United where we were winning. I had no need to go anywhere else. What I wanted to do in football was win trophies and I had a good opportunity to do that at Manchester United."

The former England centre back made 455 appearances for the Reds, scoring eight goals. He won six Premier League titles, two League Cups, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup in 12 years, before his summer move to QPR.

He has just released his autobiography, '2Sides', revealing much about his personal life and time with England and Manchester United, which came out on 2 October.

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