Queens Park Rangers F.C. manager Chris Ramsey has revealed the club will make ‘every effort’ to keep Charlie Austin at Loftus Road this summer.
Austin, who tallied 18 goals and five assists in 35 English Premier League appearances for QPR in 2014/15, has been called up to the England squad for the friendly against the Republic of Ireland and the Euro 2016 qualifier in Slovenia next month.
Although Ramsey knows Austin will surely want to stay in the Premier League, the manager has insisted the relegated club will do everything they can to retain the player for next season.
“I would imagine anybody who has scored those goals and is going to the England camp would not be looking elsewhere other than to be playing in the Premier League,” Ramsey said.
“He’ll want to play higher [than the Championship] but we’ll make every effort to keep him because he’s somebody that we need.
“It’s very difficult to buy strikers of that pedigree to come straight into your team and starting scoring immediately.
“That’s what we’re going to need because we must hit the ground running.”
QPR are priced at 16/1 to win the Championship and earn promotion back to England’s top-flight next term.
Dani Alves to decide future after UCL final
Barcelona defender Dani Alves has revealed he will make a decision regarding his future at the club after the UEFA Champions League final against Juventus in Berlin on 6 June.
The Brazil international, whose current deal at the Camp Nou is set to expire at the end of the season, has yet to agree a new deal with the Spanish champions.
Recent reports have linked Alves with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain but the player has insisted he will wait until the end of the season to determine where his future lies.
If the Brazilian were to decide to leave Barcelona, Martin Montoya would step in as the club’s first-choice right-back, as the club are unable to sign new players in the summer.
“All I am thinking about is enjoying the two finals to come,” Alves said.
“I don’t want to think about the future – it will distract me. I’ll make my decision after the Champions League final.
“I’ve spoken to the president and told him about the conditions which I need to keep me at the club.
“Whether I stay here or leave, this club will always be in my heart; I’ve spent the most memorable years here.”
Alves, 32, tallied 10 assists in 47 appearances in all competitions for the Catalan giants in 2014/15.