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Rio Ferdinand has admitted he is ready to hang up his playing boots and retire at the end of this season.
The Queens Park Rangers defender will become a free agent next summer when his one-year deal with Harry Redknapp’s side expires.
However, instead of searching for a new club, the 35-year-old has hinted that he is likely to retire.
When asked about when he planned to stop playing football professionally, Ferdinand said: ‘I probably think the end of this season.
‘I’m not fearful of retirement, I’m looking forward to it, I can see some good stuff hopefully happening ahead.
‘You get to a time where you start understanding your body and the strains playing football puts your body through, going out and training every day.’
The former Manchester United centre-back – who has been working as a football pundit – intends on forging a broadcasting career as well as developing his coaching skills when he retires.
‘I’ve done it for so many years, it’s what I love,’ he said.
‘I will stay in football I’m sure in some capacity. I’ve signed to BT and I’ve done stuff with the BBC at the World Cup which I really enjoyed.
‘It’s something I’m sure I will take up and do a bit more of. I’m doing my badges as well and there are other bits and pieces outside of football.’