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Ex-Man United defender Rio Ferdinand joins QPR

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 17, 2014 at 2:42 pm •  Published: July 17, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is staying in the English Premier League after joining Queens Park Rangers.

The 35-year-old Ferdinand has signed a one-year contract with the London club to be reunited with Harry Redknapp, his first manager at West Ham.

The former England captain has been a free agent since he was released by United in May after making 454 appearances during 12 trophy-filled years at Old Trafford.

Ferdinand says "the draw for me was to play in the Premier League ... it's not about money. I had loads of more lucrative offers available to me."

Ferdinand's break in football came under Redknapp at West Ham before leaving in 2000 for Leeds, where he spent two years before signing for United.

QPR gained promotion to the topflight in May.