Rio ferdinand reveals why he turned down Chelsea offer
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Rio ferdinand reveals why he turned down Chelsea offer

Rio Ferdinand is a Manchester United legend thanks to his achievements during a 12-year stay working under Alex Ferguson. 

Things could have however turned out differently if the defender had accepted an offer from Chelsea back in 2000. 

Ferdinand broke onto the scene in the mid-90s at West Ham in the company of the likes of Frank Lampard and Joe Cole, attracting the attention of some of England's top clubs. 

He eventually chose to join Leeds United, where he played for two seasons before the move to Manchester. 

The former England international has now revealed Chelsea were among the teams that wanted to sign him, but he turned them down. 

“I could’ve gone to Chelsea - I got a phone call just as I was going to Leeds.

“I just said to the geezers, ‘there’s no point even trying to pitch the idea to me. I need to leave London. I’ve got all my mates, I go out every weekend. I can go anywhere in town – I’m living a distraction.’”

Ferdinand added: “Going to Leeds was getting me away from my mates, who were good boys, but we were getting in trouble and going out too much.

“I didn’t have a hand break, everything was full throttle. The best decision was looking at myself and moving to Leeds when I did. Best thing I done.”

He doesn't have any regrets though as he enjoyed a hugely successful career, winning the Champions League, six Premier League titles, and other personal accolades. 

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