Rio Ferdinand claims he ‘SAVED’ Leeds from chapter together with his £30m transfer to Manchester United in 2002… and says supervisor Terry Venables ‘lied’ in regards to the membership’s monetary scenario
- Rio Ferdinand claims he ‘saved’ Leeds United from chapter in 2002
- The defender accomplished a British-record transfer to Manchester United
- The Yorkshire membership had been dealing with large monetary struggles on the time
- Ferdinand claims at-the-time boss Terry Venables ‘lied’ in regards to the scenario
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand claims he ‘saved’ Leeds United from chapter together with his transfer to the Crimson Devils in 2002.
The previous England worldwide had spent two seasons with the Yorkshire facet earlier than leaving for a British-record £30million charge to affix Man United amid the membership’s monetary struggles.
The 43-year-old has now opened up on that point throughout his profession and recommended that he was lied to in regards to the severity of the scenario.
Rio Ferdinand opened up about his transfer to Manchester United on the FilthyFellas Podcast
Ferdinand joined the Crimson Devils from Leeds in 2002 for a British-record charge of £30million
When requested about Leeds’ scenario in 2002 on the FilthyFellas Podcast, Ferdinand stated: ‘I ducked out mate. You suppose I’m going to remain by that? No probability. I saved Leeds!’
On their monetary struggles, he stated: ‘I knew by my agent on the time. You realize Philip Inexperienced who owns Topshop? The [Leeds] CEO on the time, I overlook his title, used to work for Philip Inexperienced. And he’d been telling my agent, ‘the membership’s in large bother. Greater than being reported. They should let Rio go, he’s the largest asset they’ve acquired. If he doesn’t go, the membership folds.’
‘On the similar time, Man Utd need me. Nicky Butt and all the blokes within the England squad are going ‘Rio, the supervisor actually likes you’. I knew I wished to go. I wished to win.
‘Terry Venables even known as me and stated to me ‘We’re gonna make investments subsequent season’, I’m pondering ‘you’re mendacity! Don’t lie’. They had been all making an attempt to say you may keep as a result of we’ve acquired cash, however I knew.
The defender claims his agent advised him ‘the membership folds’ if he didn’t go away for Manchester
Ferdinand stated he caught Terry Venables ‘mendacity’ in regards to the membership’s dire monetary scenario
David O’Leary, the Leeds supervisor when Ferdinand was being bought, was livid with the membership’s choice and clashed with chairman Peter Ridsdale – who consequently fired O’Leary and employed Venables.
Venables tried convincing Ferdinand to remain however evidently it was to no avail because the defender left that summer time. Different helpful gamers akin to Jonathan Woodgate had been additionally shipped out the membership, regardless of guarantees made to Venables.
Ferdinand went on to win six Premier League trophies and one Champions League with Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man United.
He got here by the academy at West Ham and spent six seasons with the membership earlier than becoming a member of Leeds and consequently Man United for 12 years earlier than retiring at Queen’s Park Rangers.
Ferdinand went on to turn into one of the crucial profitable defenders in Premier League historical past