Bosingwa’s future in the balance

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Jose_Bosingwa1 AFP Queens Park Rangers defender Jose Bosingwa.

London – Portuguese international defender Jose Bosingwa's future at English Premier League strugglers QPR remained in the balance on Tuesday after the club's manager Harry Redknapp refused to say whether he would play for the side again.

Bosingwa has attracted both Redknapp's and the fans ire since he refused to sit on the substitute's bench for the Premier League game with Fulham earlier this month - it led to him being fined two weeks wages (£130,000) by the manager and dropped from the squad for last weekend's game with Newcastle.

Redknapp, though, admitted on Tuesday the incident was still playing on his mind.

“It disturbed me when a player doesn't want to sit on the bench when you are bang in trouble,” said the 65-year-old Englishman.

“We are all in trouble. The owner and the fans see their team losing every week and suddenly you get someone who doesn't want to sit on the bench.

“He (Bosingwa) said: 'I don't want to sit on the bench.' He thinks he is too good to sit on the bench. That is what disturbs me in this game.

“I have seen one or two incidents that have disturbed me.”

Redknapp, who replaced Mark Hughes at the helm in late November after the Welshman was sacked, could not confirm whether 30-year-old Bosingwa – who won the Champions League last season with Chelsea – would ever play for the club again.

“I will have to look at it in the future. Let's see how we go.”

Redknapp – who will try and offload several players who he criticised last weekend for not pulling their weight given the amount they are paid in the January transfer window – said the side had to start putting together a good run otherwise they faced relegation.

They face a tough game at home to West Brom on Wednesday with 20 points separating the two sides, QPR lying second from bottom of the table with just one win in the league all season and with just 10 points.

“We really have to show top-six form,” said Redknapp.

“We will need as near to 40 points as possible.

“That is a point and a half a game.

“It's going to be tough but it can happen. You can go on a run and do that.” – Sapa-AFP


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