“He is still an established presence around Europe. He has shown that he is a winner and they are important qualities to bring to any top football team.
“In the past, MLS have maybe gone for a set type of market, whether that is tapping into the Hispanic market or whatever.
“Maybe they haven’t necessarily gone for the best player but maybe the kind of player to appeal to a certain demographic.
“When you look at Ferdinand, though, you see that he is a top, top player. When a guy like him is linked with MLS there is a buzz, because we all over here have grown up watching guys like him and Beckham in the English Premier League.
“My own club have just signed the German midfielder Torsten Frings - a great, established player.
“That represents what it's all about. If you reach a point in your career where you want a different type of experience but you still want to play at a very competitive level then MLS is going places."