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18/07/2014 06:06 BST | Updated 18/07/2014 15:59 BST

Rio Ferdinand Joins QPR, Reunited With Harry Redknapp (PHOTOS)

Former England defender Rio Ferdinand has been reunited with his former boss Harry Redknapp after agreeing a one-year deal with London club, Queens Park Rangers.

The 35-year-old Ferdinand had been looking for a new club since his contract at Manchester United expired and will now play under Redknapp, his former manager at West Ham.

Ferdinand signed the deal with the west London club and takes the experience of six Premier League winners' medals with him - although he insists he still has the desire to achieve.

"I had a lot of offers from all over the world," Ferdinand told qpr.co.uk.

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"Some in places with a better climate than here. But the draw for me was to play in the Premier League and back here (in London) where it all started.

"It's not about money - I had loads of more lucrative offers available to me. I still feel I've got something to offer and I'm excited about helping this club cement its place in the Premier League."

Redknapp handed Ferdinand his professional debut when the two were together at West Ham in 1996 and is delighted to have him on board at Loftus Road.

"I signed Rio as a 14-year-old," the 67-year-old said.

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"He was class on the field and off the field then, and he's continued in that manner throughout his career. During his time at Manchester United, he was the best defender in Europe, if not the world.

"To bring him to QPR - when he's still got so much to offer in terms of his quality, class, experience and know-how - is a remarkable coup for the club."

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