Photos: Daniel Lim
Less than 24 hours after he posted a statement on his official Facebook page announcing that his club Manchester United had decided not to renew his 12-year-contract, Rio Ferdinand arrived in Singapore for the ‘SG Game On!’ fun challenge.
At a press conference at SingTel Comcentre yesterday, the footballer admitted that he wasn’t sure what his next step is going to be. “Future-wise, I’m not sure,” he said, “I haven’t had much time really to think about my next step.”
The veteran defender is in Singapore for a series of promotional activities with SingTel and Samsung in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup 2014.
The 35-year-old revealed: “Coming out here has really been a blessing in disguise. I’ve been able to get away from the hype and stuff and I’m really enjoying my time here... I’m throwing myself into this, I’m enjoying it and it’s taking my mind off that."
The former England player and captain, who has also won six English Premier League titles and a Champions League title with United, didn’t entertain questions about being axed.
"My statement at the end settled what needed to be settled,” Ferdinand reiterated. “I don't want it to become a 'Rio Ferdinand affair'," he said of his short trip to Singapore.
He was also missing from the squad that played United’s final match against Southampton on the last day of the Premier League's 2013/2014 season.
His statement said that “circumstances didn’t allow for me to say goodbye the way I would have liked”, hinting that he was not prepared for the discontinuation of the contract.
Ferdinand (left) with Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero in Singapore
Otherwise, the footballer was in good spirits as he spent his day with Argentinian footballer Sergio Aguero. The duo went around Singapore on Thursday 15 May, snapping selfies and meeting fans as part of 'SG Game On!', completing a series of fun challenges.
Ferdinand won the "selfie challenge" against Aguero. “At least I won something this year,” he quipped cheekily, after it was announced that he was the winner.
Today 16 May, the footballers will head down to the APSN Tanglin School for a 9-a-side mini football match with students, followed by a street carnival at Chevron House from noon to 2pm.