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Ferdinand opens up on Manchester United technical director links

Rio Ferdinand has discussed a possible return to Manchester United, admitting he would be interested in becoming the club’s first technical director.

United are looking to appoint an inaugural technical director as they look to restructure the club’s hierarchy, with former defender Ferdinand having been linked with the role.

Ferdinand, who spent 12 years at Old Trafford, is believed to have spoken to United chief Ed Woodward regarding the position and admits he would be interested in returning to the club, but says the details of the role are still yet to be defined.

“It all depends on the shape of the job,” Ferdinand told Sky Sports when asked if he fancied returning to the club.

“I don’t think it’s all been outlined at Man United in terms of ‘that’s the job and this is the description’. I think there’s a lot to talk about within that.

“To be fair to Man United, in that kind of role, the responsibility that comes with that, you can’t lie and say that that’s not a turn-on.

“Because you are helping to shape the fortunes of a club of that stature. That’s a huge job.

“All the boxes would have to be ticked that you’ve got in in your head before considering something like that.

“I think decisions made at a football club – not all (but) some of them – should come with a football thought process in the background somewhere, (someone) that understands that side of it and can make that kind of decision.”

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