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Rio Ferdinand Defends Mike Ashley Amid Newcastle United Sale Rumours

Former Manchester United star and current pundit Rio Ferdinand has come to the defence of Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley, saying it's only natural for him not to spend money on the club while he's trying to sell it.

As reported by the Chronicle's Kristan Heneage and Tom Marshall-Bailey Ferdinand has previously defended the controversial owner and did so again before Saturday's Premier League clash with Chelsea:

"I understand Rafa’s frustrations because as a manager you want the ability to go out and spend money, but they’re not in that position.

"At the same time I understand Mike Ashley.