Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has been dubbed a “secret Chelsea fan” after being spotted wearing a Blues coat.
The London side take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League round-of-16 fist leg on Tuesday.
It is the club’s first knockout game in Europe’s elite tournament for two seasons, getting dumped in the same round by Barcelona.
The game is being shown on BT Sport, where Ferdinand will be on punditry duties.
He won the Champions League with United in 2008, making more than 450 appearances for them over 12 seasons.
Footage has emerged, though, of the Englishman changing his allegiance when he visited Chelsea in training.
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In the clip, Ferdinand can be seen at Cobham training ground, chatting with former Blues goalkeeper Petr Cech.
They reflect on the club’s famous encounter with Bayern in the 2012 final, which was won on penalties by the London side.
After the interview, the United legend then watches the squad in training.
And he can be seen in a large blue coat with the Chelsea badge on the chest.
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“It’s the first time I’ve worn a blue bit of material,” he tells Lampard at the end of the session.
“I didn’t normally get this welcome at Stamford Bridge.”
This footage was shared on YouTube by BT Sport on Tuesday.
And the Blues faithful think the United hero has revealed his true allegiance.
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“I think Rio is a secret Chelsea fan,” one supporter said.
Another commented: “Loving seeing Rio like this.”
While a third added: “Someone screenshot Rio wearing a Chelsea jacket.”
With a fourth writing: “Rio in mighty blue.”
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But United supporters were left fuming.
“I’d rather freeze than wear that,” they said.
With a sixth simply saying: “He’s dead to me now.”
It comes as fans have demanded forward Olivier Giroud starts against Bayern at Stamford Bridge.
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