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Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand plans to retire at the end of this season, he said in an interview with Jonathan Ross which will be broadcast on Saturday. Ferdinand, 35, is in his first season with QPR after 12 seasons with Manchester United.

By SI Wire
October 24, 2014

Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand told "The Jonathan Ross Show" that he plans to retire at the end of this season, according to the Scotland Herald.

Ferdinand made his comments in an interview that will air Saturday.

Ferdinand, 35, is in his first season with QPR after 12 seasons with Manchester United. The former captain of the England national team retired from international competition in 2013 and said the end of his club career will come soon.

"I probably think the end of this season," Ferdinand told The Jonathan Ross Show when asked about retirement.

"I'm not fearful of retirement, I'm looking forward to it, I can see some good stuff hopefully happening ahead.

"You get to a time where you start understanding your body and the strains playing football (is) putting your body through, going out and training every day."

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Ferdinand has previously done broadcasting work with the BBC and said he plans to continue to expand his broadcasting career, having already signed on with BT Sport.

Earlier this year, Ferdinand said his post-playing career goal is to manage England, though he said he understands he will have to earn the right to do so.

He also made headlines for criticizing former United manager David Moyes for his tactics during his one season with the club.

During his 12-season run with United, Ferdinand helped lead the team to six Premier League titles, one Champions League title and won FA Cup championship. The deal he initially signed with the club in 2002 was the most expensive for a British player in history at the time.

QPR has opened the season 1-1-6 and is tied for last place in the Premier League. The clubs hosts Aston Villa on Monday.

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