Return of the prodigal son? Could Leeds or West Ham bring back Rio Ferdinand?

Rio Ferdinand

As Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand indicates there is life after Old Trafford - is it possible either Leeds United or West Ham United could bring back their former favourite?

Six-time Premier League champion Rio Ferdinand has indicated his desire to stay at Old Trafford next season, however, he did also leave the door open to a move this summer.

'I'm enjoying my football and my legs haven't given way yet,' Ferdinand told BT Sport.

'I want to continue playing - whether it be at Manchester United or somewhere else, depending on what the club want to do. Time will tell. We'll have to wait until the end of the season.

'I'm living the dream and I'd like to continue [at United], but we'll have to wait and see.'

At 35 years of age, the curtain is slowly closing on the illustrious career of Rio Ferdinand, but with one last move on his mind, could it be back to one of his former clubs?

I believe, because he isn't likely to get a move to a Arsenal or Chelsea, he could be interested in a career ending move to bolster one of his former club's fortunes.

Although, in Leeds United's case, it would depend entirely on the ambition and direction of new owner Massimo Cellino.

Rio Ferdinand left Elland Road with bad blood between him and a number of supporters, however, few could argue the move was best for all parties. Leeds United received a record-breaking fee [at the time] and Ferdinand went on to win multiple awards, adding to his extensive CV.

Nevertheless, the current state of Leeds United will be disappointing to any player that has graced the famous white shirt in the past, and I believe Ferdinand will be no different.

If he was able to aid Leeds United in promotion back to the Premier League, it could cap off a brilliant career, whilst restoring one of the country's real big clubs at the same time.

If the bridges to Leeds United have, however, been burnt too much then he could look to make a move back to the Boleyn Ground. The club where it all started for him, at the time under Harry Redknapp.

Despite being on the fringes of the United team, I believe he could still offer a part to play in the Premier League and West Ham United could be a perfect destination, If only for a short time.

It is hard to envisage Rio Ferdinand going anywhere else, but both of his former clubs could do with his influence at the minute. And as long as he doesn't just look for a last pay day in the MLS, he could potentially be a really shrewd signing.

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