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Rio blasts 'overpriced' English players

Rio Ferdinand says that English footballers are so overpriced it's a 'joke'.

The former Man Utd defender posted the following message on Twitter after Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and Tottenham's Harry Kane have been linked with big money moves to Manchester City and Manchester United respectively.

It looks as though Raheem Sterling would cost City £50m and Harry Kane would cost United £40m - whereas two of the Premier League's outstanding players in Sergio Aguero, who cost just £38m and Alexis Sanchzez, who Arsenal paid £32m for - would perhaps represent better value for money.

Rio Ferdinand praises West Ham for appointing Bilic

Rio Ferdinand believes West Ham have made an astute choice in appointing Slaven Bilic as manager.

Ferdinand is pleased with Bilic's appointment. Credit: PA

Bilic was confirmed as the new Hammers boss on Tuesday, replacing Sam Allardyce, whose contract was not renewed.

The former Croatia boss played with Ferdinand during an 18-month spell at Upton Park from 1996 and the former Manchester United defender believes the 46-year-old is a good choice.

"He's a solid appointment," said Ferdinand, who was speaking at the launch of BT Sport Europe, the new home of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

"He had 18 months at West Ham where he was a very good player and someone I looked up to as a defender.

"He's a really nice guy, I've met him since through a number of friends. It seems he's got a good future at West Ham and it'll be a good place for him to be.

"He was a fantastic guy, a great professional. That's what he'll bring to West Ham and he'll put his stamp on the team. I think West Ham fans will see good things with him as manager."



Rio Ferdinand's sister thanks public for 'love and support'

Rio Ferdinand pictured with wife Rebecca Ellison in February this year. Credit: PA

Rio Ferdinand's sister has thanked the public for the "love and support" the family has received since the death of the footballer's wife Rebecca on Friday.

The defender announced he his "soulmate had slipped away" following a short battle with cancer in a statement issued by his club, QPR.

His younger sister Sian wrote on Twitter the family wanted to say a "huge thank you" for the kind messages since the news broke adding "it hasn't gone unnoticed".

Man Utd fans applaud for Rio in fifth minute

Manchester United fans applauded in the fifth minute and sang Rio Ferdinand's name as they paid tribute to his late wife during the game with West Brom.

The players are also wearing black armbands in memory of Rebecca Ellison who died after a short battle with cancer.

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