Harry rejects Rio rumours

Image: Ferdinand: Out of sorts

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has rejected reports he is weighing up a move for Rio Ferdinand.

But backs defender to get back to his impeccable best

Harry Redknapp has rejected reports he is weighing up a move for Rio Ferdinand, but concedes his view that the Manchester United defender is the best in the world. A dip in form for club and country has put the centre-half under the type of scrutiny he has not experienced since the early days of his career. Since moving to United he has shed a reputation for being too casual in his play to establish himself as one of the top defenders in world football. But this season a series of uncharacteristic lapses in concentration has seen some newspapers speculate his days at Old Trafford could be drawing to a close. It was Tottenham boss Redknapp that gave the player his big break in football when the pair were together at West Ham and while he'd love to have his former protégé back with him in the capital, he accepts there is scant chance of United being willing to sell. "There's no chance of him leaving there if he has any sense," said Redknapp. "Unless someone knows something I don't know, he won't be coming here. "I speak to him and send him messages. For me he's still the best centre-half in the world, he's that good. Everyone has a blip." On Friday, Sir Alex Ferguson issued a staunch defence of his player and laid into the press for what he feels has been unjust criticism. "I'm not going into that because I read the stuff in the newspapers and I hear he is going to be dropped and all this but I don't think you have access to my mind," he said. "You can try and pick my teams but you will never pick my teams, try as much as you like." "I don't know where it is coming from. I just have to put it down to the modern culture of humiliating people which you do very well and all the rest of it. "I'm not getting into it."

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