Rio Ferdinand has said he wants his future to be in football, but has admitted his ambition is not to play professionally.
The Brazilian midfielder was a target of former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in the last season of his contract with the Blues, and the 30-year-old revealed on Sunday that he is “not interested” in the Premier League or the Champions League at the moment.
He said: “I want to be a footballer.
I have a lot of potential.
I want to play football.
But I am not interested in the Champions league or the Premier league.
It’s not my style of play.”
Ferdinand said his desire is to play in the World Cup in 2020, and that his desire to do that comes from his mother.
He added: “My mother would not have wanted me to play for England or Chelsea, because she wanted me for the Brazilian team.”
She would have said, ‘This is my boy.
This is what he is going to do for Brazil’.
“Ferdinand has been linked with Arsenal, Juventus and Manchester United, and was the subject of an offer from the Gunners earlier this month.
He admitted that his mother is more than capable of making such an offer, and said: “[My mother] is not interested.
She is a very good person, and she would have wanted that.
“He also revealed that he has already spoken to former England striker Jamie Carragher.