Rio Ferdinand has spoken out about why he turned down a move to Chelsea. It has been revealed that back in 2000 the Blues came in for him but he instead opted to join Leeds.
Now the defender has revealed why. He said: “I had offers to stay in London to go to Chelsea, but I said I need to leave London first. [I needed] to go to Leeds firstly and to get out of London so I don’t go to every party I was invited to, because I loved it when I was younger.”
So the Englishman did it for the sake of his career and ended up having 18 months at Elland Road, before a switch to Old Trafford. Under Sir Alex Ferguson, Ferdinand had a successful twelve years with the Red Devils. He has also had a career which has been packed with England appearances and he even captained the national team for a period of time.
The defender now plays for QPR after moving to Loftus Road on a free in the summer.
By Charlie Gregory
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