Rio Ferdinand has a point to prove at QPR this season, according to team-mate Danny Simpson.

The former England defender signed a one-year deal with the Hoops after leaving Manchester United in the summer.

Simpson played alongside Ferdinand when he came through the ranks at Old Trafford and says the 35-year-old is hungrier than ever to show he can still cut it in the Premier League.

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He said: “Rio was like my mentor and helped me with everything when I was coming through. When I broke into the team I was playing at right-back and he helped me learn so much about the game.

"He was a massive help to me and one of the things I said before he came is how influential he is and how much I can learn from him. I did it when I was 19 and I can still learn for him now, seven or eight years later.

"He's still hungry and wants to play in the best league in the world. Obviously, he’s known Harry Redknapp for 20-odd years now and since he's come in he's been top class.

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“He wants to show everyone he's still a top, top centre back. When he gets his first game I'm sure he will show everyone how good he is.”

Ferdinand watched from the sidelines as QPR kicked-off their pre-season tour to Germany with a 1-0 victory over Rot-Weiss Erfurt on Tuesday.

And Simpson says the experienced centre-back can form a formidable partnership alongside Steven Caulker, who joined in an £8million deal from Cardiff City.

 

He added: "It's been a very positive week signing the likes of Rio with everything he has won in the game and his professionalism. It's great for the team.

"We signed Caulker too. He's a great centre back and can prove this season how good he is. It's great for the team.”

Follow QPR on tour in Germany with reporter Jacob Murtagh on Get West London.