The Catalan went on to win 14 trophies in four years at the Nou Camp, including two Champions League titles, with his Barca side among the most revered in football history.
"If Chelsea are going to get a ban transfer-wise, I don't think they can look anywhere but Frank if I am honest", said Ferdinand. He and [Derby assistant manager and former Chelsea youth coach] Jody [Morris] know all the kids from 16 upwards.
"Chelsea have had the best young kids in the country for a while now - Manchester City are coming around to that but for a good few years Chelsea have had the best kids and none of them get in the first team". People talk about experience but what experience did Pep [Guardiola] have when he went into [the] Barcelona first team?
But the club have not asked for the two-year ban, imposed on the club by Federation Internationale de Football Association after allegations Chelsea broke regulations over signing young players, to be frozen.
"And I know what I want, in terms of not a specific club but the nature of the job, the dimension of the job, I know what I want".