Rio Ferdinand Confirms Talks With Ed Woodward Over Sporting Director Role

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Rio Ferdinand has confirmed he has spoken to Manchester United CEO Ed Woodward about returning to the club in the role of a Sporting Director.

Since January, the Red Devils have been searching for candidates to take up a director role after a structural change was planned following José Mourinho’s departure, however, no appointment has been made as of yet and some reports suggest the search was to be put on hold until next season.

Ferdinand was joined by fellow ex-players Darren Fletcher, Patrice Evra, Edwin van der Sar and Gary Neville as potential candidates, with a transfer committee of former Reds also said to be a possibility.

United’s pre-season tour begins in early July and with the arrival of Daniel James from Swansea and negotiations for Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka continuing, it seems whoever the club does bring in will have no say on the plan of action for this summer.

Speaking to the BBC, Ferdinand revealed he has a good relationship with Woodward, saying: “I’ve always spoken to Ed [Woodward] since I left. I have that type of relationship with him. I’ve not seen him at a game, so all the chats I’ve had with him have been on the phone or I go and see him when I’m in London.”

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“I’m not the type to dilly-dally around. I’ve seen the stuff in the papers. ‘What is that role about?’ I’ve asked that question, so yes, I have spoken to him,” the 40-year-old revealed.

“I’m very honest and Ed’s open and honest with me. Manchester United and the powers that be will decide as and when they are going to put someone into that role. If I am the person on that list and the person they are going to talk to, then that time will come.”

“It’s nice to be on a list in such a responsible role at such a prestigious club. If the call comes I will say, ‘thank you very much for that’, but if that call doesn’t come, I’ll not lose sleep over it.”

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