Rio Ferdinand relishing his ‘fairy tale finish’ with QPR

QPR defender Rio Ferdinand and manager Harry Redknapp

QPR defender Rio Ferdinand and manager Harry Redknapp

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Rio Ferdinand claims he turned down a number of clubs to sign for QPR and enjoy a “fairy tale finish” to his career with former boss Harry Redknapp.

Ferdinand agreed a one-year deal at newly-promoted Rangers after Manchester United allowed the 35-year-old’s contract to expire at the end of last season.

The former England defender was handed his first-team debut by Redknapp 18 years ago and Ferdinand admitted playing under Redknapp played a major part in his decision to move to Loftus Road.

“My competitive edge was the overriding factor along with my family coming to London and obviously working with Harry again,” Ferdinand said.

“I had offers from different places in the world, including some clubs in the Premier League.

“My agent spoke to them and met various managers but when Harry made the call it was an easy decision for me.

“I started under him as a young player at West Ham and to finish my career playing under him again is a fairy tale finish.”

Ferdinand, whose trophy cabinet boasts six Premier League titles, one FA Cup and a Champions League winners medal, admits a relegation battle with Rangers poses a different sort of challenge.

“It’s a different proposition to what I’m used to but it’s a great challenge that I’m looking forward to,” Ferdinand said.

“I play to win all the time whether it’s in training or a match and that’s going to be the case here.

“Getting points on the board - that’s been my mentality and it will be here as we look to stay in the Premier League.”