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I will keep my association with Man Utd forever - Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand says he will be happy to be associated with Manchester United for the rest of his life.

Despite the 33-year old defender commencing his career with West Ham United before moving onto Leeds United following a loan with Bournemouth, he feels more a part of the Red Devils makeup and is keen to create more memories he can take with him when he eventually ends his playing days.

"My association with the club will be there forever," said Ferdinand who was loosely linked with an Old Trafford departure when it appeared that his United days may be numbered.

"Moving on was never in my mind. That first press conference, when I walked through the doors of the club, seeing the manager, seeing the pictures of all the old players, I grasped it straightaway.

"I wanted to be part of the history of this club and to do that I have to stay here for a good amount of time.

"I achieved that and hopefully I have a few more chapters. But when I do eventually hang my boots up, I have great memories to take away.

"The manager said the other day that not many players play for one club for 10 years any more. It doesn't happen.

"To do it at a club like Manchester United that are fighting for league titles and different trophies every year, is good."

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