Former England star reveals cross-club tensions.
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed he found it tough to maintain friendships with players from the Premier League’s other big clubs during his tenure at Old Trafford, the Daily Star reports.
The QPR defender, who endured an unhappy return to Old Trafford on Sunday when his side were thrashed 4-0, has lifted the lid on life at United in his autobiography #2Sides.
And in his book, Ferdinand reveals how he often found it difficult to make friends with players from other teams, despite frequently linking up with a number of them whilst on international duty with England.
“I struggled to make friends on other teams,” he said.
“I know other people manage to maintain friendships with rivals. Wayne Rooney is good mates with Joe Hart.
“But I don’t seem to be able to open up and be real pally with people I’m in direct competition with.
“I felt the tension with England together. If Chelsea had won the league or beaten us in the Cup, I’d be sat with Frank Lampard or John Terry and thinking, ‘Are they f***ing laughing at me?’
“It’s something they probably never felt at all.
“Perhaps it’s the dark side of being obsessed with winning – you don’t want to show any weakness.”
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