Rio Ferdinand: My QPR transfer is not about the money

Rio Ferdinand insists that his decision to join Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer was not about money

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand Photo: Football.ua/Wikimedia

Rio Ferdinand insists that his decision to join Queens Park Rangers was not motivated by money – as he rejected a number of more lucrative offers.

The 35-year-old former Manchester United and England defender signed a one-year contract with the Hoops as a free agent on Thursday.

It’s not about money – I had loads of more lucrative offers available to me

Rio Ferdinand

Ferdinand, who previously played under manager Harry Redknapp at West Ham, told QPR’s website: “I spoke to Harry and [Tony] Fernandes at length.

“I think they both looked me in the eye and knew that I still have something to offer – that I had a genuine desire to come here and play football.

“I had a lot of offers from all over the world – some in places with a better climate than here. But the draw for me was to play in the Premier League and back here where it all started.

“It’s not about money – I had loads of more lucrative offers available to me.

“I still feel I’ve got something to offer and I’m excited about helping this club cement its place in the Premier League.”

Redknapp added: “Rio’s a fantastic player and a great professional – I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring him here.

“I signed Rio as a 14 year-old. He was class on the field and off the field then, and he’s continued in that manner throughout his career.”

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