Rio Ferdinand defends his big-money move from Leeds to Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand

Former West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand defends his move from Leeds United to Manchester United in 2002.

Rio Ferdinand has defended his big-money move from Leeds United to Manchester United on social networking site Twitter.

The former England international defender left West Yorkshire outfit Leeds for Premier League giants United in the summer of 2002.

The Red Devils had to pay Leeds a transfer fee of £30 million for the central defender, as reported by BBC Sport at the time.

Ferdinand became the world’s most expensive defender at the time, and the £30m transfer fee was also a British-record.

The retired centre-back has now defended his big-money switch, stating that he had already established himself as a major player when he joined United.

The former West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers defender made the comment on Twitter while claiming that Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling and Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane are overpriced.

England international striker Kane enjoyed a remarkable 2014-15 season for Spurs, but he is not worth £40m. Liverpool winger Sterling is a very promising young player, but he is not worth £50m.

However, if clubs are willing to pay £40m or £50m for such young players, then no one should complain.

After all, neither Liverpool nor Tottenham are forcing anyone to pay that much money. If potential buying clubs are willing to splash the cash, then it is only natural that the Merseyside outfit and Spurs will try to get the most they can.

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