Rio hopes to retire at Utd

Rio Ferdinand starts for United after appealing his violent conduct charge
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Rio Ferdinand is hoping he will be given the opportunity to see out his playing days at Manchester United.

Centre-half hoping to go down as an Old Trafford legend

Rio Ferdinand is hoping he will be given the opportunity to see out his playing days at Manchester United. The commanding centre-half is close to completing eight seasons of service at Old Trafford, following a record-breaking £29.1million move from Leeds in 2002. Since arriving at Old Trafford the 31-year-old has claimed four Premier League titles, a UEFA Champions League crown and two League Cup winners' medals. He has also matured into a world-class performer regarded highly enough to be handed the England captaincy. Ferdinand hopes there will be more success to come in the future and admits he is keen to etch his name into United folklore before hanging up his boots. "I want to retire while at United," he told Inside United.

Inspirations

"It would be great to do what Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes have done and stick with one club for a long time. "Finishing my career at United would be a dream come true and those guys are such inspirations. "They are all synonymous with Manchester United and I want to achieve that as well." Ferdinand joined United with the intention of collecting major trophies and hopes he will be regarded as a player who helped the Red Devils cement their standing at the top of the world game. "I would like to be remembered as a player who was at United during a successful period in the club's history," he added. "When I first arrived, I knew this place was special and when the time comes to walk away I want to be able to do so with my head held high."

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