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Rio Ferdinand regrets not moving abroad

by Ben Topliss

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdiand regrets not playing abroad during his career but knew he couldn’t leave Old Trafford as long as the club was winning trophies.

The 36-year-old joined Man United in 2002 from Leeds United in a £30m move and went on to become one of the world’s finest defenders.

A key component of United’s 2008 Champions League winning side, Ferdinand established a fierce partnership with Nemanja Vidic as the club went through one of their most successful ever periods.

Ferdinand insists he was happy at United but said he did entertain thoughts of leaving for a foreign club.

Reminiscing about his time at United, Ferdinand said: “I do regret not playing in another league a bit, but I was winning trophies with Man United. When you are winning, it is hard to leave.

“If I had a perfect scenario, I would have loved to have been able to play abroad and see what it is like at a great club in Spain or Italy, but when I was winning with United there were no thoughts of ever going anywhere else.”

United could definitely do with a defender in the mould of Ferdinand now as the team have struggled defensively all season.

Marcos Rojo has impressed since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon last summer but the likes of Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans have struggled to produce performances of the required level. Were it not for the brilliant form of David de Gea, United would be in a far worse position this term.

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