Rio Ferdinand not interested in Aston Villa move as Lambert looks to shore up leaky defence

Rio Ferdinand has reportedly rejected a move to Aston Villa following his release by Manchester United.

Manchester United may not want to keep the experience of Rio Ferdinand in their squad anymore but there will be plenty of other clubs, and many in the Premier League who will be interested in his services.

Rio at 35-years-old obviously doesn't have too many years left in his career and even though he hasn't quite got the pace he used to he can still be a key asset at the highest level. The experience of Ferdinand; a player with a plethora of honours to his name and also 81 England caps, can be invaluable to many teams.

Paul Lambert was keen to add Ferdinand to his Aston Villa squad to work alongside another former United legend in Roy Keane. The Daily Mail reports that Lambert had tried to convince Rio to come to Villa Park but the central defender wasn't interested in relocating to The Midlands. He can afford to be picky at this stage of his career, as he wont be short on offers and he will only go for a move that suits him completely.

It is thought the former West Ham United player is favouring a move down South if he is to stay in England, with his former club one of the potential suitors. West Ham along with Queens Park Rangers, Crystal Palace, and Tottenham Hotspur are thought to be interested and it looks as if those are the best options if Rio wants to stay in the Premier League.

Paul Lambert has a very young squad at Aston Villa and some experience is certainly needed to help boost a side who struggled last season. They particularly struggled in defence and have already added a reinforcement in Philippe Senderos who has arrived on a free transfer. Villa conceded 61 goals in the Premier League last year, with the bottom three the only teams to concede more.

If the season just gone had been a successful one for Manchester United then we might not be talking about Rio's destination. He could have retired and ended on a high, but such was the disappointment of that season that he wants one more year at least. Tottenham look to be the highest placed team in contention for his signature and another opportunity for him to play European football.

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