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Kyle Bartley names Rio Ferdinand as his idol

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Kyle Bartley has joined Leeds United on a season-long loan deal from Swansea City.

Tottenham's Harry Kane (L) in action against Swansea City's Kyle BartleyTottenham's Harry Kane (L) in action against Kyle Bartley

Newly-signed Leeds United defender Kyle Bartley has revealed on the club’s official website that Rio Ferdinand was his idol when he was growing up.

The 25-year-old defender has moved to Leeds on a season-long loan deal from Premier League club Swansea City.

“My idol growing up was Rio Ferdinand, so I tried to base my game around him,” Bartley told Leeds’s official website when asked about his style of play.

“But it just depends on each game really. I try to defend first but I also want to play out from the back. It all depends on the game and what the manager wants.”

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud in action against Swansea's Kyle BartleyArsenal's Olivier Giroud in action against Kyle Bartley

Ferdinand is one of the greatest players in Premier League history and one of the best English defenders of all time.

The former England international centre-back started his professional club football career at London club West Ham United before moving to Leeds in 2000.

The defender was on the books of the West Yorkshire outfit until 2002, when he made the switch to Premier League and European giants Manchester United.

Liverpool's James Milner and Swansea's Kyle Bartley in actionLiverpool's James Milner and Kyle Bartley in action

At United, Ferdinand took his game to a whole new level and fulfilled the potential he had shown at West Ham and Leeds.

The 37-year-old, who finished his career at Queens Park Rangers, won the Premier League title six times and the Champions League once with United.

Bartley is not at the level of Ferdinand, but it should be encouraging to Leeds fans that he bases his game on the former United star.

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