Updated: Thursday, 21st November 2019 @ 1:30pm

Adios Rio: Ex-Man Utd captain Ferdinand 'expects to retire' at end of season

Adios Rio: Ex-Man Utd captain Ferdinand 'expects to retire' at end of season

| By Ben Southworth

Former Manchester United and England captain Rio Ferdinand expects to retire at the end of the season.

Ferdinand moved to Queens Park Rangers this summer following 12 years with Manchester United – but it appears that Loftus Road will be the last call in his illustrious career.

The central defender won 11 major trophies during his time at United but believes his long career has taken its toll on his body.

“Probably the end of the season,” the 35-year-old told The Jonathan Ross Show, due to be aired on Saturday, when asked about hanging up his boots.

“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'm not fearful of retirement. I'm looking forward to it. I can see some good stuff hopefully happening ahead.”

The former West Ham and Leeds player began his professional career 17 years ago replacing Tony Cottee in West Ham’s 1-1 draw with Sheffield United on the final day of the 1996/97 season.

Ferdinand spent four seasons at West Ham before moving to Leeds for £18million in 2000, making him the world’s most expensive defender.

And he reclaimed that crown by signing for United for £34million two years later.

Ferdinand, who has 81 England caps, emphasised his love for football and plans to stay in the game at the end of his playing career.

“I've done it for so many years, it's what I love,” he added.

“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.

“I'm doing my [coaching] badges as well and there are other bits and pieces outside of football.”

Ferdinand has endured a difficult start to his time at struggling QPR but will hope that he can go out on a high by helping Harry Redknapp’s side escape relegation.

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