QPR's Rio Ferdinand open to MLS move

Rio Ferdinand

The former England and Manchester United defender would be willing to put his retirement plans on hold for a move to the US.

Rio Ferdinand has long-been linked with a move to MLS and now the Queens Park Rangers defender has again stoked the fire after refusing to rule out a stateside switch during an interview with Goal.com.

Ferdinand, 36, signed a one-year deal with QPR in the summer after leaving Manchester United, but has since made just 12 total appearances, amid both form and fitness struggles.

The former England captain in fact stated his intention to retire at the end of the season when appearing on the Jonathan Ross Show in October, but has now admitted that he could be tempted to prolong his career if the right offer came in from across the Atlantic.

"A move to MLS in the future? We’ll see,” he said. “But at the moment I am focused on helping QPR out of the situation we are in."

The centre-back added that he would have liked to have moved abroad earlier in his career, but his successful stint in Sir Alex Ferguson’s United team put those plans on the back burner.

"I do regret not playing in another league a bit, but I was winning trophies with Man United. When you are winning, it is hard to leave," he continued.

"If I had a perfect scenario, I would have loved to have been able to play abroad and see what it is like at a great club in Spain or Italy, but when I was winning with United there were no thoughts of ever going anywhere else.”

Ferdinand made 455 appearances at United between 2002 and 2014 after arriving from Leeds United in a £29.1 million deal, winning six Premier League titles, two League Cups, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup during his time at the club.

Nevertheless, considering his age and recent performances for QPR, he might be in for a rude awakening if he does end up in MLS, hoping for a final swansong.

The league has come on in leaps and bounds of late in terms of quality, and there are a numerous strikers who would ensure that he would be given a torrid time in his current declining state.

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