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Manchester United great Rio Ferdinand is set to leave the club in summer, after his glittering 12 years’ service at the club, ended in curious circumstances.
The 35-year-old was informed after United’s final league match away to Southampton that he would not be offered a new contract. The Times reports that Patrice Evra could be the next to go, with United leading the race to sign Luke Shaw from Southampton.
“Circumstances didn’t allow for me to say goodbye the way I would have liked, but I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my team-mates, staff, the club and the fans for an unbelievable 12 yrs that I’ll never forget,” Ferdinand stated on his website, #5, last night.
“I am feeling fit and healthy, ready for a new challenge and looking forward to whatever the future holds for me.”
Ed Woodward, the United executive vice-chairman, told the news to Ferdinand in the dressing room after the game, which left many people in shock that such a sensitive issue has been handed in this manner.
James Ducker reports that Louis van Gaal, who could be appointed as the new manager by tomorrow, has approved Ferdinand’s exit at the club. The Holland coach is expected to bring five staff with him, although interim manager Ryan Giggs is almost certain to be retained.