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Rio aspires to manage Man United or England one day

Ferdinand wants to manage the Red Devils one day. Credit: PA

Rio Ferdinand has aspirations to become the manager of former club Manchester United or England.

The 35 year-old, who has been panned for a series of disappointing displays since joining QPR as a player in July, told Manchester Evening News:

"I am not stupid enough to think that I will pass all my badges and then Manchester United will come asking me to become their manager.

"But I want to be the best in whatever field I go into and that means managing a big club like United or your country.

“Every player and manager will tell you that when you are growing up you want to play for the best team and it is the same in management."

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Rio Ferdinand: I would have liked to say goodbye

Rio Ferdinand has spoken of his sadness at not being able to say goodbye properly before his departure from Manchester United.

The veteran defender issued a statement saying: "Circumstances didn't allow for me to say goodbye the way I would have liked but I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my team-mates, staff, the club and the fans for an unbelievable 12 years that I'll never forget.

Rio Ferdinand to leave Manchester United

Veteran defender Rio Ferdinand will leave Manchester United this summer after 12 years at the club.

Ferdinand's contract had come to an end and the club have opted not to renew the 35-year-old's deal.

Rio Ferdinand showing off his new shirt after signing for Manchester United in 2002. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

He said in a statement: "I have thought long and hard over the last few months about my future and, after 12 fantastic years playing for what I regard as the best club in the world, I have decided the time is right for me to move on."

The centre-back joined the Old Trafford outfit for £30m from Leeds United in the summer of 2002, going on to make over 300 appearances.

Hodgson and Ferdinand join England commission

England manager Roy Hodgson and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand have joined Football Association chairman Greg Dyke's England commission.

The appointments were announced a day after FA board member Heather Rabbatts publically criticised Mr Dyke for a lack of diversity on the commission.

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