Manchester United manager David Moyes has rejected rumours that defender Rio Ferdinand is set to retire from football at the end of the season. The 35-year-old of out of contract in the summer and there has been no talk of a new deal from the club. He has been linked with a move to the MLS in the last few months, but Ferdinand has been hinting recently that he may consider stepping into football management because it is something he has always wanted to do. Ferdinand has been taking his coaching badges, which will allow him to become a football manager.

A number of experienced players have been linked with an exit from the club in the last few months, as Moyes is reportedly targeting his own team. Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, and Ryan Giggs are some of the players linked with an exit. United are expected to spend a huge amount of money in the summer to rebuild the squad. They already spent a massive chunk of it on Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata, who has been brought to the club for £ 37.1 million. This has broken the previous transfer record of £ 30.1 million set by Dimitar Berbatov in 2008.

United are set to miss out on the Champions league next season.

“I can only tell you that what was written today was a load of rubbish, complete nonsense. We’ve got a chance of a few days away. We’ll see. We’ll go and try to have a few days away and get ready. We’ve got a big Champions League game coming up in just over a week’s time,” said Moyes. “Must be another slow news day. come on Neil Custis get ya head out ya Y-fronts!,” said Ferdinand through his Twitter account.

Ferdinand has not featured for United since November.