Venables wants Rio to stay

Last updated : 09 July 2002 By Brian Cartlidge

Ridsdale met with Venables in Spain on Saturday and the future of both Ferdinand and Lee Bowyer were discussed.

"We talked over lunch about all of our players and the players that he wants to bring in as and when required," Ridsdale told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"Rio Ferdinand was obviously one of those we discussed. Of course Terry would like him at Elland Road and my point of view was that he is a player who is contracted to us and, as far as I am concerned, that is the way it will stay.

"Terry is also aware of the situation regarding Lee Bowyer and, as I have said all along, the door is still open to Lee to sign a new contract and commit himself to Leeds United.

"I had lunch with Terry in Spain on Saturday and within 10 minutes, so infectious is his enthusiasm, that he has you believing that you can play for England. Imagine how that must make a player puff out his chest."