The former England international, who recently announced that he would be leaving Manchester United, has yet to make a decision on his next career moveJust days after announcing that he will leave Manchester United after 12 years at the club, Rio Ferdinand admits that he has yet to decide on his next career move.
The 35-year-old defender made 454 appearances for the Red Devils, winning six Premier League titles, two League Cups and the Champions League in 2008.
The former England international is in Singapore together with Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero for a SingTel event, where they went head-to-head in a series of fun challenges.
Talk of his future has been rife for majority of the season and with the recent announcement of his departure from the club, Ferdinand has been linked with moves to Major League Soccer and Turkey, while English sides Arsenal and Hull City are also reported as holding an interest.
However, the player himself admitted that he has yet to make his decision, only confirming that he will not retire from the game yet.
Speaking at the event's press conference on Thursday afternoon, he added that he was glad to be in Singapore to take his mind off all the speculation.
“Future-wise I am not sure, [but] I am thankful to Samsung and SingTel, coming out here has really been a blessing in disguise as well, I’ve been able to get away from the hype and stuff and really enjoy my time here,” he said.
“I’ve not really had much time to think about my next step, in the coming days I am sure I’ll start to do that [make a decision]. But now I’ve thrown myself into this, I am really enjoying it and it’s taken my mind off that.”
While his defensive compatriot Nemanja Vidic got a rather fitting farewell by the club and its fans during his final match at Old Trafford against Hull last week, Ferdinand’s departure, albeit expected, came as quite a surprise to the United faithful - even as he refused to indulge it.
“I wouldn’t like to go into that [his departure], I think that my statement at the end kind of said what needed to be said most,” he explained.
“With respect to SingTel and Samsung, I won’t want this to become a Rio Ferdinand affair, so I have to sidestep, drop a shoulder, and avoid the question.”
Ferdinand though, was blown away by the “crazy” passion for football shown by fans in Singapore, with this being his second visit to the Lion City in as many years.
“I think it’s crazy, the fans are very passionate, they love their Premier League, they love Manchester United,” he admitted.
“The minute we stepped off the plane it was crazy, [there were] loads of people in the airport and my wife was like ‘does this normally happen?’ and I said you are in Asia, this is what happens in Asia, it’s a great place to come.
“I enjoy it and I love it. The culture is fantastic, we’ve enjoyed the food and the people, it really is a great experience and one I always enjoy.”
Ferdinand and Aguero will both be involved in a football carnival on Friday afternoon as part of the SG Game On event.