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Rio Ferdinand has officially made the move to QPR on a free transfer after his contract at United wasn’t renewed.

“I used to sit in the Loft – my Dad used bring me here as a young boy,” he said. “QPR was the first professional club to ever sign me. There are great memories for me here – for my family. Anton had nothing but good things to say about QPR and I watched Les here as a boy, with the likes of Ray Wilkins, Clive Wilson, David Bardsley and Alan McDonald.”

Rio has denied that the move has anything to do with money, after turning down bigger contracts elsewhere.

“I had a lot of offers from all over the world – some in places with a better climate than here,” he continued. “But the draw for me was to play in the Premier League and back here where it all started. It’s not about money – I had loads of more lucrative offers available to me. I still feel I’ve got something to offer and I’m excited about helping this club cement its place in the Premier League.”

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