Manchester United manager David Moyes has denied reports that Rio Ferdinand will not be joining teammates on the club's upcoming warm-weather training camp.
United will travel to the Middle East on Thursday following their Premier League clash at Arsenal the day before, making full use of their 10-day gap between fixtures due to them no longer being involved in the FA Cup.
Ferdinand has not appeared in the Premier League for the defending champions since November and it was speculated that the centre-back, who is tipped to leave Old Trafford this summer, will not be joining his teammates for their trip abroad.
However, Moyes denied the reports, saying: “I can only tell you that what was written was a load of rubbish, complete nonsense. We’ll have a few days away. We have a big Champions League game [against Olympiakos] coming up in just over a week's time.”
Ferdinand, 35, is one of several experienced members of the United squad -- who between them total more than 2,000 appearances for the club -- whose contracts expire at the end of the season.
His fellow centre-back and club captain Nemanja Vidic announced last week that he will be leaving the club this summer, while left-back Patrice Evra and player-coach Ryan Giggs will also see their current deals end.
Moyes claimed last week that Ferdinand remains very much in his immediate plans, saying: "Rio has made a great contribution, especially in the first half of the season. I played him in nearly all the opening eight to 10 games.
"He was a big part in helping me to settle. He has competition at centre-half but he is very much valued and looked at as one of the senior players."
Ferdinand was an unused substitute on Sunday as United were pegged back to 2-2 at home to Fulham.