Rio Ferdinand says he ‘won’t lose sleep’ if Manchester United don’t appoint him as their new sporting director.
The Red Devils are hoping to appoint an individual to work alongside manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to oversee and co-ordinate the club’s transfer policy.
Former United defender Ferdinand has emerged as a potential candidate but the club are yet to make a decision on who will fill the position.
And the 40-year-old has admitted that he is yet to hear anything, despite holding informal discussions with Woodward.
“I’ve always spoken to Ed since I Ieft, anyway. I had that type of relationship with him,” Ferdinand told the BBC’s Sportsweek programme .
“I’ve not seen him at a game so all the chats I’ve had with him have been on the phone or I go and see him when I’m in London.
“I’m not the type to dilly-dally around. I’ve seen the stuff in the paper. What’s that role about? I’ve asked that question — so yeah, I have spoken to him.
“I’m very honest and Ed’s open and honest with me.”
Although Ferdinand had been considered as a leading candidate to become the club’s sporting director, the Daily Mail recently reported that Woodward could retain control of transfers after failing to identify a number one target .
And the retired defender said he was happy to be linked with a return to the club but would not be too disappointed if he ultimately missed out.
“ Manchester United and the powers that be will decide as and when they are going to put someone into that role,” he continued.
“If I am the person on that list and the person they are going to talk to, then that time will come.
“It’s nice to be on a list in such a responsible role at such a prestigious club.
“If the call comes I will say, ‘thank you very much for that’.
“But if that call doesn’t come, I’ll not lose sleep over it.”