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Ex-Manchester United Legend Rio Ferdinand To Retire At The End Of The Season

It’s just not the same at QPR…

Manchester United legend and current QPR stopper Rio Ferdinand has said that this season will probably be his last as a player, reports the Herald.

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The former England star told TV host Jonathan Ross the shock news in an interview that will be broadcast on Saturday evening, but added that he hopes to stay in the game upon his retirement from playing.

“I probably think the end of this season. I’m not fearful of retirement, I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

“You get to a time where you start understanding your body and the strains playing football (is) putting your body through, going out and training every day.”

“I will stay in football I’m sure in some capacity. I’ve signed to BT and stuff and I’ve done stuff with the BBC at the World Cup which I really enjoyed and it’s something I’m sure I will take up and do a bit more (of). I’m doing my (coaching) badges as well and there are other bits and pieces outside of football.”

The 35-year-old has made 697 appearances in club football, mostly for Manchester United, for whom he won five Premier League titles. He has also played for QPR, Leeds United, Bournemouth, and West Ham United. On top of this, Ferdinand represented his country 81 times, scoring three goals.

Ferdinand was an unused substitute during QPR’s last game against Liverpool, and is expected to continue to sit out of the starting XI this week.

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