Jose Mourinho wants Rio Ferdinand to join his coaching team at Manchester United, according to the Mirror.
Newly-appointed Mourinho believes Ferdinand has outstanding qualities to be part of his inner sanctum at Old Trafford and he has already made discreet enquiries about his availability.
The former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss has been impressed with ex-Reds centre-half Ferdinand’s manner and approach with young players, and believes his links with the club he served as a player from 2002-14 could make him a perfect choice.
Former England captain Ferdinand, 37, could even be used in an ambassadorial role to try to attract young players and be groomed as a coach for the future.
Ferdinand revealed earlier this year that he has already turned down several approaches from clubs to move into coaching after forging a career as a TV pundit with BT Sport and the BBC.
He also does extensive charity work and has relocated his family back to his native London after the tragic death of his wife Rebecca Ellison from cancer last year.
But if he does harbour ambitions to move into coaching or management, then Mourinho’s interest could provide a perfect pathway into the game.
Mourinho knows bringing in former players would be a popular move among United fans and Ferdinand helped the Reds win six league titles, three FA Cups and the Champions League.