“If United come in for you, you take it,” Ferdinand said. “Even if you are a great player you become a better one at this club. Cristiano Ronaldo became the best player in the world having come from Sporting Lisbon. The likes of Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, David Beckham, Andy Cole all became great players at United. With this platform you cannot believe anyone would ever turn it down. If you have ambition your aim has to be to make a name for yourself at a top club. As a player aged between say 23 and 27 that is what you should be looking at. It shows you are going somewhere and want to win trophies.”
Ferdinand has played for Sir Alex Ferguson for eleven years but is looking forward to David Moyes’ reign.
“Moyes is a real football man and an honest guy,” he added. “His hard working ethic reflects the man himself and he obviously wants success. We’ve got a great chance with this manager. Every year when we have the end-of-season party we are thinking about the next season and what we are going to do. We always talk about improving on the previous season. That was no different this year just because the manager has changed.”
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