Rio Ferdinand, in an image of archive during an act


Ferdinand, about Barça: "I didn't want to leave the European champion for a club in transition"

Published:9/04/2020 - 09:18h

Updated:9/04/2020 - 09:20h

Rio Ferdinand, former central defender for Manchester United and the English national team, assured in an interview that he rejected Barça in 2008. The English negotiated with the Catalans, but in the end he preferred to stay with United who won the Champions League.

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Rio Ferdinand was along his career one of the big head offices that there was in Europe. The English did big in his Premier League and decided not going out of England in the almost 20 years in which it was professional. His stage in the Manchester United was definitely the most known and successful, since in Old Trafford was where did a name. It was a 'network devil' 12 seasons and won all what can win like player of club.

The Champions League resisted him to the British until in the year 2008 at last could conquer it in a final against Chelsea that it decided in the penaltis. Ferdinand capitaneó to the United in this triumph, leaving by the way to the FC Barcelona​, that reached the semifinals. The Barcelona finish falling in front of the 'red devils' after empatar to 0 in the gone of the Camp Nou and lose by an adjusted 1-0 in the turn in Manchester.

Precisely this party and this League of Champions finish changing the future of the central English for ever. In an interview for BT Sports, the one of London recognised that it was very near of the Barça, with the one who negotiated during a time. Frank Rijkaard was by then trainer barcelonista and got obsessed with fichar to the of the United, but at the end could not go out with his.

"It was near. They were negotiating with my agent and I spoke with Rijkaard, no directly on going, but he transmitted me his idea", ensured. At the end, as it explains, the successes that harvested with the ones of Old Trafford did him replantearse his future and remain. "Always I have said it, I wanted to go to the foreigner and play, but the only thing that could retain me was if it succeeded playing here, and had the luck to arrive to the United. For me it was impossible to go me", commented.

Ferdinand went in in details and explained the reason by which descartó the offer of the Barça. The londinense did not want to go to a losing club after conquering the 'Orejona'. Besides, it cleared that in spite of what arrived afterwards with Iniesta, Xavi, Messi and Guardiola, the Catalans did not walk fine by that then. "We delete them and we went champions of Europe, for what would want to go me of the champion of Europe to another club in transition? In this moment, Xavi, Inieta and Messi were not the players in which they converted to the three or four years", stood out.

Ferdinand finish eating his words

Unfortunately for the English, his perception could not be more erroneous, since only a year afterwards, in 2009, the culés made history. The Barcelona of Pep Guardiola conquered the triplete and later the sextete, defeating besides to the United in the final of the Champions. And in case this was not little, Gerard Hammered, that was acting of Rio in Manchester, was titularísimo in this Barça at the side of Carles Puyol. This place could have been for the British, but refused the offer and finish regretting it in this final.

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