Manchester United Defender Rio Ferdinand Hints At Retirement

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Veteran stopper set for Old Trafford exit.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has hinted that he could retire at the end of the season as his career at Old Trafford winds down, according to the Metro.

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The veteran centre-back has been one of the many players to visibly struggle for form under new boss David Moyes this term, and as his contract winds down toward the end of the season a new deal has yet to appear on the table.

And now the 35-year-old admits he is ready to throw himself into life outside of football, whenever that time may come.

“I will probably work on TV,” he said. “I’ve got a contract with BT Sport who are doing a lot of football coverage at the moment.

“I will probably go and work with them for a couple of years. I’d like to be involved in management as well. Where it will be I don’t know – or if I get the opportunity.

“I will do my badges and stuff like that to give myself the opportunity.

“I will do various different things. I’ve got stuff with #5 – caps and clothing and stuff, magazine and my foundation.”

Ferdinand also claimed that he does not fear coming to the end of his career the way most players do, believing it to be just another chapter of the game that everyone must go through.

“A lot of people get to the stage of life where they start retiring and are worried and nervous,” he added.

“They get a bit of anxiety, but I am – not looking forward to retiring from football – but looking forward to that next stage of my life when it comes because there are a lot of avenues that are there waiting to be explored, so I can’t wait really.”

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