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Man Utd defender Keane sorry to see Ferdinand gone

Manchester United defender Michael Keane has revealed the mentoring influence of Rio Ferdinand.

Ferdinand was released by United last month.

Keane told the Mail on Sunday: "Rio was my idol when he first joined United and he still is. Luckily, I've managed to train with him for a few years. He talks to everyone.

"It's sad to see him go. He was a great person to have around and he was great with the young lads. He speaks to everyone and always gives you advice. He talks to me about positional things.

"If I make a mistake in a game, he will ring me and tell me what I should do better. He wants to give you feedback. It was a surprise at first but now I just see him as a friend. I know I can go to him whenever I want.

"Rio's a really nice guy. Sometimes footballers get those type of reputations but he's not like that at all. Behind the scenes there's no one better to have around."

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