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Brazilian fans back move to sign Manchester United defender

If Rio Ferdinand did decide to move closer to Rio de Janeiro, he would be welcomely received.

Rio Ferdinand's future at Manchester United remains unclear at present, with the defender's contract up at the end of the season.

His prospects are a little unclear in light of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, but the recent matchwinner in Fergie's final home game insists he is keen on staying.

If he isn't offered a new deal, he will have plenty of options, with The Sun reporting at the weekend that he has seven clubs scattered around the globe interested in his services.

One of the more interesting offers claimed to be on the table is Brazilian club Flamengo, based in Rio de Janeiro.

While figureheads at the club have denied making an approach for the centre-back, it has already captured the imagination of supporters in South America.

A poll on Brazilian football website Lancenet asked fans if they would like to see the 34-year-old defender make the transition from Manchester United to Flamengo.

The response saw 74 per cent of respondents answer in favour of Ferdinand making the switch, even despite the fact he is entering the final stages of his career.

We don't expect Ferdinand to move to Flamengo, but if he were to give it some serious consideration he may realise it would be a masterstroke.

Firstly the experience of playing in Brazil is something few Europeans take the step to go and do, and even less Englishmen, for there are no British players in the country's top flight.

Dutchman Clarence Seedorf made the move last year and former Arsenal midfielder Fran Merida signed on loan there in January along with one-time American boy wonder Freddy Adu.

Ferdinand could not only lead a revolution, but he could put himself firmly in the frame for a place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad in 2014.

He could pick up experience playing in the country, about the conditions, the stadiums, and what to expect, information which could be vital to pass onto his fellow players and give himself an edge when it comes to selection.

It would be a bold move, but if Ferdinand really did want to step out of his comfort zone at Old Trafford, he could really become a footballing pioneer in the modern age.

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