After 455 appearances, six league titles, a Champions League, World Club Cup, two League Cups and five Community Shields, the news that Rio Ferdinand’s time at Manchester United is at an end has emerged in recent days.
Far from hightailing it in the direction of the nearest golf course, the 35-year-old is keen to continue playing, suggesting: “I am feeling fit and healthy, ready for a new challenge and looking forward to whatever the future holds for me.”
Just where that new challenge may take the one-time ballet scholar from Denmark Hill is a matter for intriguing debate and bwin have given Ferdinand followers the opportunity to gild their opinions with profit.
It’s as short as 13/20 that he’ll follow in the footsteps of fellow London lad turned Red Devil, David Beckham in sending his nearest and dearest postcards from America in the near future.
That the 83-times capped England international continues to ply his trade in the Premier League is next in the betting at 4/1.
Given the way in which the West Ham-educated centre-half held off any announcement until the end of the campaign, it would be reasonable to surmise that he would have been amenable to continuing his career at the Theatre of Dreams.
A persistent appetite for the big games would make the latter option far more alluring for Ferdinand, yet, the prospect of acquiring the veteran’s signature is unlikely to have English football’s Champions League sides falling over themselves to come to his aid in this regard.
The same, however, cannot be said for the Serie A teams of a similar ilk and the Italian top-flight is a big price at 20/1 to be the stage upon which the United stalwart dances next.
Inter Milan have already snapped up Nemanja Vidic from Old Trafford this term and as a division Serie A has the ideal mix of timeless prestige and moderately-paced play for an aging, yet cerebral centre-half to see out his playing days glamorously.