Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is said to be closing in on a sporting director role at his former club according to widespread reports in the British media.
Manchester United are keen to appoint a sporting director and the ex-England international player is the favourite for the role.
The specific report from the Daily Mail claimed that Rio Ferdinand has already met with Ed Woodward who’s the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Manchester United.
It was revealed that Rio Ferdinand held talks with Ed Woodward about becoming the sporting director at the club.
Rio Ferdinand has been a pundit with BT Sports since he retired from football in 2015.
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Manchester United have started a major rebuilding job at the club and Rio Ferdinand could be a big part of it.
Rio Ferdinand spent 12 years as a Manchester United player having joined them from Leeds United for a then world-record transfer fee for a defender.
Manchester United reportedly paid £29.1m to sign him.
The 40-year-old went on to score seven goals in 312 league appearances for Manchester United.
Rio Ferdinand was part of the Manchester United team that won the 2007/08 Champions League title following the Red Devils’ penalty shootout win over Premier League rivals Chelsea.