Ferdinand, who celebrates his testimonial next week against Sevilla, is planning to take his coaching badges this year as he weighs up his options when he quits playing.
The 34-year-old admits he would be interested in taking up a management role in the future if the right opportunity comes up.
"I want to give myself the option to be a manager. That way if someone does offer me a job, I have the ability to do it," said Ferdinand at the launch of his new book Rio: My Decade As A Red.
"I still don't know if I want to do it or if I would be good.
"But I do think there is something to give back to football from me.
"I started my coaching badges three years ago but I had issues with my back so could not continue it.
"I will start again this year and then hopefully by the time I retire I will have my coaching badges behind me.
"Whether it be with our younger teams, the under-21s or someone else, I have no idea yet."
Rio Ferdinand's new book Rio: My Decade As A Red is out on August 9.