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Ferdinand's not ready to Fire a career in America

RIO Ferdinand intends to ignore any overtures from Major League Soccer and concentrate on winning his place back for Manchester United and England.

After being left out of United's starting line-up for the weekend win over Norwich, Ferdinand was then ignored by Fabio Capello for England's Euro 2012 qualifier with Montenegro tomorrow.

Given Phil Jones' superb form following his summer arrival from Blackburn, there has been plenty of speculation that Ferdinand, who is nearly 33, might be eased out at Old Trafford.

With that backdrop, it is not a surprise that ambitious MLS outfit Chicago Fire have emerged as a potential suitor.

However, now into his 10th season at United, Ferdinand has made it perfectly clear he still feels there is a major role for him to play with the Red Devils.


"It has been a frustrating period for all concerned," said Jamie Moralee, Ferdinand's long-standing friend and representative.

"What he wants to do is put his injuries behind him and start showing the form that even last season he produced against some of the very best forwards in the world.

"Rio understands there is some great talent at United. But he is up for the challenge."

Ferdinand's wide-ranging business interests, including his own restaurant in Manchester and digital magazine, emphasise how he will not be short of things to occupy his mind when retirement eventually beckons.

Having been part of a club where Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Edwin van der Sar have all starred at the top level well into their 30s, Ferdinand does not believe that day is looming just yet.

The Fire insist they have made no moves for the ex-Leeds man.

"There is no substance to these current reports that the Fire is negotiating with Manchester United and the player to bring him to Chicago," a club statement said.