Rio Ferdinand intends to take up his coaching badges again this year as he looks to plan for life after Manchester United.
The 34-year-old signed a new one year deal for United after one of his best seasons at Old Trafford where he was named in the PFA Team of the Year.
But he is now in the twilight of his career and speaking at the launch of his new book, Ferdinand admitted he will be getting his coaching badges to open up the possibility of following Ryan Giggs into management.
“I want to give myself the option to be a manager,” he said.
“That way if someone does offer me a job, I have the ability to do it. I still don’t know if I want to do it or if I would be good. But I do think there is something to give back to football from me.
“I started my coaching badges three years ago but I had issues with my back so could not continue it. I will start again this year and then hopefully by the time I retire I will have my coaching badges behind me.
“Whether it be with our younger teams, the U21s or someone else, I have no idea yet.”
Ferdinand has always led by example in the United defence and it would be great to see him teaching our younger players in the academy.