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19/11/2012 08:59

Papers: China chasing Rio

Jamie Jackson writes in The Guardian...

Rio Ferdinand ponders China offer
There is a "big chance" of Rio Ferdinand leaving Manchester United in the summer when his current contract ends, with the 34-year-old seriously considering a move from Old Trafford. The defender has told friends he has no intention of retiring and is weighing up his future at United, who he joined from Leeds in 2002 for a then record £30m fee, with a move abroad the most likely option should he depart. One choice could be a lucrative deal to play in China, though nothing is being ruled in or out. While the defender's stance may be a negotiating move, his current deliberations could potentially hang on whether he is tempted by a fresh challenge at the close of his career. There has been at least one recent offer from China for Ferdinand to consider. Currently earning around £130,000 a week, a move there would prove to be highly lucrative for the 81-times capped former England defender.

There's plenty to dissect after Saturday's defeat at Norwich. The Mirror's John Cross says United now face a stern test of the team's title credentials with upcoming games against QPR, West Ham and Reading before going to Manchester City on 9 December. He writes: "We will discover much of what we need to know United in the next three weeks."

Meanwhile, ex-Reds striker Mark Hughes continues to face speculation over his future as manager of QPR, United's Premier League opponents at the weekend. The Sun says Hughes "is fighting to heal a dressing-room rift".

The Daily Telegraph says that Wayne Rooney's potential return against Galatasaray on Tuesday could be the perfect tonic following defeat at Carrow Road.

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