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QPR signing Ferdinand happy to be reunited with Redknapp

Manchester United hero Rio Ferdinand is delighted to be reunited with Harry Redknapp at QPR.

Ferdinand left QPR as a teenager for West Ham United after being spotted playing for the district team by Frank Lampard senior, who was on the Hammers' coaching staff at the time.

Redknapp took over as manager at Upton Park not long after and he handed Ferdinand his first-team debut in May 1996, bringing the centre half on as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday on the final day of the season.

"Any player will tell you, if a manager gives you your first chance in football, they will always hold a place in your heart," Ferdinand said.

"Harry was always supporting me, singing my praises, telling me off when I needed to be told off."

Ferdinand continued: "We've stayed in contact ever since. We would sometimes go six months without speaking but when I've seen him it's like it was back in the day.

"There has always been a connection. He has not changed much, he has not even got any grey hairs."

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