September 30, 2022

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 going through 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 aspect earlier than leaving for a British-record £30million price to hitch Man United amid the membership’s monetary struggles.

The 43-year-old has now opened up on that point throughout his profession and advised 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 Red Devils from Leeds in 2002 for a British-record fee of £30million

Ferdinand joined the Crimson Devils from Leeds in 2002 for a British-record price of £30million

When requested about Leeds’ scenario in 2002 on the FilthyFellas Podcast, Ferdinand stated: ‘I ducked out mate. You assume I’m going to remain via that? No probability. I saved Leeds!’

On their monetary struggles, he stated: ‘I knew via my agent on the time. Philip Inexperienced who owns Topshop? The [Leeds] CEO on the time, I overlook his identify, used to work for Philip Inexperienced. And he’d been telling my agent, ‘the membership’s in huge hassle. Greater than being reported. They need to let Rio go, he’s the most important asset they’ve received. If he doesn’t go, the membership folds.’

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‘On the identical 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 referred to 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 attempting to say you’ll be able to keep as a result of we’ve received cash, however I knew.

The defender claims his agent told him 'the club folds' if he didn't leave for Manchester

The defender claims his agent advised him ‘the membership folds’ if he didn’t depart for Manchester

Ferdinand said he caught Terry Venables 'lying' about the club's dire financial situation

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 offered, 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 season. Different helpful gamers equivalent 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 via 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.