The defender is leaving Manchester United in a playing capacity after not being offered a new contract by the club.
The defender has not been offered a new contract at Old Trafford after a 12 year career which has seen him win the Premier League six times, the League Cup twice, and the Champions League during his time at the club.
It’s not a new thing for the club to give ambassador roles to former players with Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law, Bryan Robson, Gary Neville, Andy Cole and Peter Schmeichel all holding roles at Old Trafford.
Ferdinand said in a statement that he didn’t get the chance to say goodbye to the club in the way he would have liked, whether that acts as a potential stumbling block remains to be seen as the former England centre-back begins his search for a new club – with the MLS heavily tipped to be the 35-year-old’s next destination.
Ferdinand joins long-term centre-back partner Nemanja Vidic in leaving the club, with Patrice Evra also likely to head towards the Old Trafford exit door.
The ambassador role is unlikely to interfere on many ambitions the defender could have in the future as a pundit or coach. Neville successfully juggles his career on Sky Sports as well as being part of the England coaching setup with a role at United.