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Rio Ferdinand reveals Ryan Giggs wanted him to remain at Manchester United

van Gaal's arrival appears to have been the deciding factor in QPR move

New Queens Park Rangers signing Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he would have stayed at Manchester United if Ryan Giggs had been given the manager's job on a full-time basis.

Louis van Gaal was placed in charge of the Red Devils after Giggs had steadied the ship for four games following David Moyes' acrimonious dismissal at Old Trafford.

The United legend has since been handed the assistant manager's role while Ferdinand was released at the end of the season.

Now reunited with former West Ham United boss Harry Redknapp at Loftus Road, the 35-year-old defender revealed that Giggs would have offered him a new deal.

"When Giggsy took the job he had to look at it like he was going to be in the seat for next season and he made it clear to me I would have stayed and been part of his plans," Ferdinand said at his unveiling today.

"But things change in football, you have to move on. The dynamic there has changed so you have to dust yourself down and get on with it."

Rio Ferdinand made his QPR debut against RasenBallsport Leipzig this weekend

Ferdinand continued: "I made it clear at the time Manchester United would have to tell me they didn't want me and that happened at the end of season - the club said thank you and goodbye.

"I'm just happy to be here now. I'm happy Harry and QPR have given me the opportunity to carry on in the Premier League."

The former England defender has signed a one-year contract with the Londoners after being given his professional debut 18 years ago by Rangers boss Redknapp and Ferdinand couldn't hide his gratitude.

"My competitive edge was the overriding factor along with my family coming to London and obviously working with Harry again," Ferdinand said.

"I had offers from different places in the world, including some clubs in the Premier League.

"My agent spoke to them and met various managers but when Harry made the call it was an easy decision for me.

"I started under him as a young player at West Ham and to finish my career playing under him again is a fairy tale finish."