Ferdinand turned down Barca & Madrid

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has claimed that he turned down Real Madrid and Barcelona in the past.

The England international saw his contract expire at Old Trafford this summer, moving to Premier League side Queens Park Rangers.

And the centre-back has insisted that he rejected the opportunity to sign for the Liga champions at his peak.

“I spoke to Roma and also there was interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona at one time,” he told the Daily 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.

“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.”

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