Moyes reject reveals Rio Ferdinand is his 'idol' at €10m unveiling

Rio Ferdinand

Shkodran Mustafi has signed for Valencia - revealing at his unveiling a love for Rio Ferdinand.

Manchester United gave David Moyes the boot at the end of the season, after a poor season in charge at Old Trafford. Of course, Moyes has given plenty of people the boot himself throughout his career.

One such player who was asked to look elsewhere for a job by Moyes was German youngster Shkodran Mustafi.

Everton snapped up the youngster from Hamburg in 2009 and played just one game for the club against BATE Borisov in the Europa League.

But by January 2012 Moyes had decided Mustafi would not cut it in the Premier League and let him join Italian side Sampdoria on a free transfer.

Since then he has come on leaps and bounds, emerging as one of the star players in the Italian league last season.

And his reward for an excellent season was a place in the German national team, called up after Marco Reus was ruled out, for the World Cup in Brazil - where of course he picked up a winners medal.

Now he has completed a move to Valencia - signing for the club in a €10 million deal which further highlights how badly Moyes misjudged his talents.

Mustafi said of the move, in his unveiling press conference:

"I want to thank everybody who has trusted in me. Coming to Valencia is a step forward in my career and I hope to have plenty of success."

But what about his idols growing up. He quickly revealed one again his love for a former Moyes player, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand:

"At a young age I played as a striker. As a centre back my idols have been Rio Ferdinand and Paolo Maldini."

Mustafi has spoken of his admiration for Ferdinand in the past - saying he used to watch him in games to try and style his play around the ex-England international and current QPR star.

A great compliment for Rio that a young talent like Mustafi, embarking on a new massive step in his career, still sees him as an inspiration.

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