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Rio Ferdinand has been an inspiration for Manchester United during his time at the club.
Outside of Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard at Chelsea, Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is the highest-profile name on the list of soon-to-be available players.
The 34-year-old joined United in 2002 and has been an anchor at the back for Sir Alex Ferguson’s team.
Ferdinand signed his current Old Trafford deal in April 2008, committing himself to a further five years at the club.
Time waits for no man, however, and Ferdinand has lost some of his pace in recent years while the United defense has become more porous.
Ferdinand, though, remains an astute reader of the game, a trait which still makes him an influential figure on the field.
He still has great positional sense along the back four and calm composure on the ball.
Occasional lapses in concentration can be a costly weakness in the Ferdinand armoury, though.
Regardless, at 34, he would represent great value in helping younger team members at any club.