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Rio Ferdinand rebuffed Barca and Real

Rio Ferdinand has revealed he ignored interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona to stay at Manchester United.

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The 35-year-old said that, during his glory days at Old Trafford, he was wanted by both of Spain's biggest clubs.

"I spoke to Roma and also there was interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona at one time," he told the Sunday Express. "But when I was at Manchester United and there was interest from other clubs I was winning things at Manchester United. So my head was never turned to go anywhere else."

Ferdinand won six Premier League titles during his time at Old Trafford and appeared in three Champions League finals, triumphing in 2011.

And he claimed that United's success meant he did not want to leave, adding: "You tell someone from Manchester United or a team that's winning things that they could go abroad and you would be hard pressed to get them to go.

"If Gareth Bale had been at Manchester United and winning trophies he wouldn't have gone to Real Madrid. I was just turned on by winning. I wasn't interested in going anywhere else."

The former England captain joined Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer after United opted not to renew his contract in the summer following 12 years at Old Trafford.


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