While opening talks about signing a new contract with Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand was threatened by a mob of hooded fans at his home, the centreback revealed.
The former England captain was in talks with the club about penning a new deal eight years ago when he was rumoured to be on the cusp of a move to Chelsea after being pictured with the Blues former chief executive Peter Kenyon.
The picture sparked vicious scenes and a gang – known as ‘United boys’ – turned up to the footballer’s home and demanded that he signed a new deal.
After being told to come to the door, Ferdinand looked on his security monitors but could not see anyone there.
“So I go to the side door and grab a big bit of wood, jump on the side of the wall and I’m just about to scream ‘raaaah!’ when I see there’s a massive group of people, with hoodies and caps covering their faces,” he told Four Four Two magazine.
“I just thought, ‘I’m going to get served up in a moment, so go bananas and they’ll think you’re a nutter!’
“Then one of them said, ‘We’re the United boys, fucking sign your contract,’ and I was like, ‘What you talking about? I’ve only just started negotiating two months ago, what you worrying about?'”
The paparazzi image sparked speculation that Ferdinand, who had recently served an eight-month ban for not attending drugs tests, was planning of moving to Stamford Bridge.
But he explained that while meeting his agent, Kenyon was with him and the image was taken during a brief meeting.
The former Leeds United and West Ham defender agreed new terms to keep him at Old Trafford and has played more than 400 games in a ten-year career with United.
His £30million transfer from Leeds was the country’s record fee until former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo’s £80million move to Real Madrid three seasons ago.
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