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Friday 18 April 2014

Redknapp 'disturbed' by Bosingwa dispute

Jose Bosingwa may have played his last game for QPR

Harry Redknapp is unsure whether he will pick Jose Bosingwa again after the QPR boss admitted he was "disturbed" by the right-back's refusal to sit on the bench against Fulham.

Bosingwa, a Champions League winner with Chelsea last season, was fined two weeks wages (£130,000) the Saturday before last when he stormed out of Loftus Road after being told he would not be in Redknapp's starting XI.

And the manager did not hold back in his criticism of the Portuguese defender on Christmas Eve, telling a press conference: "It disturbed me when a player doesn't want to sit on the bench when you are bang in trouble. 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 went on: "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."

Despite an injury to reserve right-back Nedum Onuoha, Redknapp left Bosingwa out of his squad for Saturday's defeat to Newcastle.

When asked whether Bosingwa would play for him again, Redknapp replied: "I will have to look at it in the future. Let's see how we go."

The R's manager launched in to a scathing tirade against the player, and other under-performing members of his squad, after the news of Bosingwa's actions emerged at the weekend, calling them "average" and over-paid.

Redknapp, a manager of over 20 years' experience, will no doubt hope the rant will provoke Bosingwa and some of the other under-performers in to a reaction, starting with Boxing Day's home clash against West Brom.

The Rangers boss defended his decision to hit out publicly at a section of his squad, and insisted he was relatively happy with the performances of most of his players since taking charge last month.

"I wasn't talking about all the players," said Redknapp, who inherited a team bottom of the table despite a glut of summer signings under his predecessor Mark Hughes. "I have no problem with players earning good money if they give good value for their money and I just feel that one or two haven't."

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