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Rio Ferdinand opens up on his nightmare 12 months at QPR

  • Rio Ferdinand joined QPR in the summertime of 2014 for the ultimate season of his profession
  • However, the Man United legend admitted he regretted transferring to west London
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Rio Ferdinand has admitted he regrets transferring to QPR on the finish of his profession.

The former England defender loved a glittering time within the sport, which included a trophy-laden 12-year interval at Man United.

During his spell at Old Trafford, Ferdinand made 455 appearances and gained 14 trophies, together with six Premier League titles and one Champions League.

However, after falling out of favour in his last season, Ferdinand left United in the summertime of 2014 and joined newly-promoted QPR underneath Harry Redknapp.

The defender had hoped to finish his profession on a excessive, however endured a nightmare marketing campaign, making simply 11 league appearances as he struggled for kind and health, earlier than QPR have been relegated after coming twentieth.

Rio Ferdinand admitted he regrets making the transfer to QPR after leaving Manchester United 

Ferdinand signed for QPR in the summer of 2014, but endured a dismal season with the club

Ferdinand signed for QPR in the summertime of 2014, however endured a dismal season with the membership

Ferdinand's nightmare campaign came at the time when his first wife Rebecca Ellison was battling illness. She passed away in 2015 after a battle with breast cancer (pictured in 2009)

Ferdinand’s nightmare marketing campaign got here on the time when his first spouse Rebecca Ellison was battling sickness. She handed away in 2015 after a battle with breast most cancers (pictured in 2009)

And Ferdinand, talking on the Stick to Football podcast, dropped at you by Sky Bet, mirrored on his time on the membership and admitted it was a mistake to proceed enjoying after leaving United.

‘I want I completed my profession at Manchester United, relatively than transferring to QPR,’ he mentioned.

‘Because it was the primary time I had been in a altering room the place folks have been speaking about cash and wages. 

‘You’d hear murmurings of gamers speaking about it and I discovered it mad. We had gamers not wanting to coach as a result of they have been on a sure amount of cash, the depth wasn’t that top, and for no matter Harry Redknapp was attempting to do, the gamers weren’t shopping for into it, and that crew ended up getting relegated.’

QPR – who have been underneath the possession of free-spending Tony Fernandes on the time – splashed out that summer time on their return to the highest flight, bringing in a number of big-name gamers on excessive wages, together with Sandro, Leroy Fer and Steven Caulker.

Meanwhile, their squad additionally included the likes of Rob Green, Joey Barton, Niko Kranjcar and Shaun Wright-Phillips.

And, together with a tough dressing room, Ferdinand defined how the robust 12 months was compounded by a battle for health and private points.

He added: ‘I used to journey in with Bobby Zamora as we have been dwelling in the identical space, and I had been at QPR for a few month, and I bear in mind someday within the automobile, he began laughing for no motive.

‘When he stopped, he requested me why I used to be at QPR as he may see my physique was shutting down, I used to be getting accidents, I used to be having to plaster myself by means of video games and handle myself by means of coaching periods. 

‘For me, I needed one last season, enjoying in London, again house, my youngsters have been of an age the place they understood soccer much more, after which my spouse received sick on the time and that compounded every little thing.

Ferdinand claimed gamers within the dressing room have been overtly speaking about cash and wages

Ferdinand admitted he wished he ended his profession with United after 12 trophy-laden years

‘I used to be speaking to golf equipment overseas earlier than I moved to QPR as a result of that was the very first thing I needed to do, however private circumstances modified that.’

Ferdinand – whose first spouse Rebecca Ellison tragically handed away in May 2015 following a battle with breast most cancers – additionally mirrored on how, regardless of a realisation earlier than the transfer that his physique was beginning to battle, he felt he can be OK in west London.

‘I used to be getting accidents earlier than I joined QPR,’ he defined. ‘But I did genuinely suppose that I might be advantageous and that I’d be capable to get by means of it.

‘I spoke with Harry Redknapp, who was QPR supervisor on the time, who mentioned that he’d handle my minutes, that I didn’t want to coach day by day, and simply make sure that I used to be prepared for each match, and I assumed that I may do this simply, however that wasn’t the case.’

Ferdinand have been talking on the Stick to Football podcast, dropped at you by Sky Bet.