Man United Star Could Head To MLS
October 5, 2011
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With the new talent that is emerging throughout the club, Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand could be tempted to follow former team mate David Beckham to the United States following the revelation that Chicago Fire are keen on signing the 32 year old next summer.
Ferdinand has been a first choice defender for the Premier League champions during his time at the club but has failed to hold off a back injury that seems to keep ruling the player out of selection for the club throughout the season and with manager Sir Alex Ferguson now holding the new breed of new defenders at the club, the English international is considering his options for next summer once his contract finishes at the Manchester club.
The MLS side have revealed that they would like to sign the English defender, who is set to turn 33 next month, as they believe that he would be able to have the same appeal to the MLS fans as the arrival of his former Manchester United team mate David Beckham had when he joined LA Galaxy from Real Madrid.
Ferdinand knows that his time at the Premier League champions could be limited with his contract set to expire next July and with the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans all already pushing for a place in the starting eleven, he believes that the club are unlikely to want to tie him into another long term contract, so a move to the US could be a positive step to prolonging his career.
With Ferdinand looking to the future, Chicago are sure that they can entice the player to make the switch, showing a willing to make use of the lower tax paid in the USA to ensure that the player would receive a wage similar to his £120,000 contract that he currently has with Man United.
Although the defender’s time at Manchester United looks like it could be set to come to an end at the end of the present season, it is thought that interest in the defender will not be solely from the MLS, Spurs manager Harry Redknapp also known to be monitoring the situation with the possibility of offering Ferdinand the chance to remain in the Premier League with the London based side.