Manchester United latest: Ferdinand exit and van Gaal quiet

Rio Ferdinand

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Veteran defender Rio Ferdinand is leaving Manchester United after 12 years at Old Trafford, it has been announced.

The 35-year-old centre-back and former England captain stated on his decision:

"I have thought long and hard over the last few months about my future and after 12 fantastic years playing for what I regard as the best club in the world I have decided the time is right for me to move on.”

"I joined Manchester United in the hope of winning trophies and never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined how successful we would be during my time here,” he added.

Meanwhile, reports have emerged that coaches Phil Neville and Chris Woods have been told they have ‘no future’ at the club, with the impending arrival of the new manager widely expected to be Louis van Gaal.

Phil Neville also stated this week he has become a vegetarian after being persuaded to give up eating meat by his wife Julie.

Louis van Gaal refused to comment on speculation he is to be the next United manager at his Netherlands World Cup press conference.

The 64-year-old Dutch coach said: "I am here to talk about the national team…You should ask Manchester United about my contract."

In transfer news, rumours have emerged that Mats Hummels could be targeted to replace Rio Ferdinand at Old Trafford this summer, with reports suggesting the German international is ‘No.1 choice’.

Reports continue to suggest Manchester United have made a £27 million bid for Luke Shaw with some reports suggesting Southampton have since rejected the bid for the England fullback. However, neither the Saints nor United have commented officially.

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