Queens Park Rangers have confirmed the signing of Rio Ferdinand on a free transfer.
Queens Park Rangers have issued a statement of intent following their return to the Premier League, with the West London outfit completing the signing of former Manchester United and England centre back Rio Ferdinand on a free transfer.
The experienced defender arrives at Loftus Road following a summer spent as a pundit for the BBC at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with Ferdinand having completed the move after arriving home from Brazil.
He was released at the end of last season by the Old Trafford club after 12 years of service that saw the former West Ham United and Leeds United player make more than 300 Premier League appearance for the Reds.
Ferdinand became the world’s most expensive defender when he made the controversial move to Elland Road to Old Trafford in 2002, but he soon began to justify that fee with some fine performances despite a ban for missing a drugs test.
He is likely to be crucial to Rangers next season, who will want no repeat of their two most recent seasons in the top flight that saw a last day escape from relegation and a limp demotion to the second tier just twelve months later.
The club were, however, criticised for their policy of signing big names on big wages who didn’t pull their weight in blue and white during their last spell in the Premier League, meaning that Ferdinand will have to prove that he has bucked the trend.