Redknapp and Rio reunite

Posted on Jul 18 2014 - 12:10pm by Staff Writer

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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has reunited with old boss Harry Redknapp in London on completion of his move to Queens Park Rangers.

The six-times Premier League champion was linked with a move to freshly-promoted QPR back in June when his contract with the Red Devils expired.

Completion of his medical and finalisation of terms had been postponed until the former England centre-back had returned from his summer job – as a BBC World Cup pundit in Brazil.

Ferdinand, 35, put his signature to a one-year deal and has been reunited with Redknapp, who was his mentor back in the 1990’s when the two of them worked together at West Ham.

Redknapp was the man to lead Ferdinand from youth academy hopeful to first team player and he is delighted to have Rio – along with his years of experience of playing top-level football – back on board.

He told QPR’s official website: “I really couldn’t be more pleased. Rio’s a fantastic player and a great professional. I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring him here.

“I signed Rio as a 14 year-old. He was class on the field and off the field then, and he’s continued in that manner throughout his career.

“During his time at Manchester United, he was the best defender in Europe, if not the world.

“To bring him to QPR, when he’s still got so much to offer in terms of his quality, class, experience and know-how, is a remarkable coup for the club.”