It has been reported that Manchester United’s English defender Rio Ferdinand could be heading off to China in the summer. It is claimed that Rio will be offered similar wages to former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, who is on £175,000 a week at Shanghai Shenhua, although they are not believed to be the club interested in Rio.
Rio Ferdinand has been at Manchester United for 11 years and if the club clinch the league title again this season, Rio could feel that it is time to move on. Ferdinand has also admitted that he plans to continue playing for England beyond this year’s European Championships and regular first team football in China could prove a key factor in prolonging his international career.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will be keen to keep the 33 year old, claiming that Rio Ferdinand has become a very influential player in the dressing room.
Fergie explained, "He has taken on that role of the influential person in the dressing room. It's not easy but the longer they stay here the better the influence spreads to them and they can take over from the older players as they disappear."
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