Manchester United Defender Rio Ferdinand Weighing Up Summer Switch to China

Ferdinand could join Drogba and Anelka in China.

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There is a “big chance” of Rio Ferdinand leaving Manchester United in the summer when his current contract ends, with the 34-year-old seriously considering a move from Old Trafford.

The defender has told friends he has no intention of retiring and is weighing up his future at United, who he joined from Leeds in 2002 for a then record £30m fee, with a move abroad the most likely option should he depart. One choice could be a lucrative deal to play in China, though nothing is being ruled in or out.

Sir Alex Ferguson recently stated that he believes Ferdinand can continue at United for a few more seasons. “I think Rio can play for two or three more years,” the manager said. “He is not as quick as he was but that is not a big issue for me. His experience is important and there is no reason he can’t stay on. I didn’t even realise his contract was up.”

SOURCE: The Guardian

Rio Ferdinand is edging closer to a Manchester United exit, after reportedly telling friends that he does not want to retire but could leave Old Trafford next summer.

The 34-year-old has had a mixed season so far at United, starting nearly all of the club’s Premier League games and clearly benefitting from a summer break, after his omission from England’s Euro 2012 squad.

But Ferdinand is showing his age and his lack of pace has been cruelly exposed on occasion, most notably by Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon in Spurs’ shock 3-2 win at Old Trafford.

Ferdinand was also involved in a high-profile disagreement with boss Sir Alex Ferguson, after the defender’s refusal to support anti-racism group Kick It Out by wearing a t-shirt baring the group’s logo.

Although Fergie has insisted that the issue has been ironed- out and says he wants Ferdinand to remain at United, it looks unlikely that the former England star will remain first-choice for long, with Nemanja Vidic and Phil Jones expected to return to fitness in the New Year and United reportedly tracking Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross.

Ferdinand is interesting his former club West Ham but a move to China might prove more enticing for the twitter-addict. Ex-Chelsea strikers Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka earn around £250,000 a week at Shanghai Shenhua and the thought of a big pay-day in semi-retirement may prove too hard to resist for Ferdy.

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