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Redknapp keen to keep Samba at QPR

QPR boss Harry Redknapp has underlined his desire to keep Christopher Samba at the club ahead of next season.

The 29-year-old arrived at Loftus Road in January from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala for 12 million pounds, but failed to save the club from Premier League relegation.

However, Redknapp now hopes he can convince the Congo international to feature in the Championship as QPR look to bounce immediately back.

“I’d like to keep him, he’d be the best centre-half in the Championship,” he said.

“He had one bad day at Fulham and everyone got on his case. He’s a good player and we need him back playing. (But) I don’t know what will happen.”

The Englishman also revealed that he does not expect goalkeeper Julio Cesar to stick around, and will therefore use Rob Green for the remainder of the season.

“He’s had a little bit of back injury,” he added. “But it is a difficult one because I don’t see him playing here next season, so I want to play Rob Green.

“I think Julio is a player for a top club, a top Italian team, a top Spanish team or a top Premier League team. He is good enough to play anywhere.

“Rob has come in and done well. Rob will probably be my goalkeeper next season.

“Julio is in the Brazil team. He is not a player for the Championship. He has got a World Cup coming up. He needs to be playing in the Premier League or a big league abroad.”
Wed 8 May, 2013
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