QPR manager Harry Redknapp discusses Andros Townsend’s future.
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has told talkSPORT that he does not hold out much hope of keeping loan star Andros Townsend beyond this season.
The youngster has been in fine form since joining Rangers on loan from Tottenham in January, and former Spurs boss Redknapp believes he will return to White Hart Lane at the end of this campaign.
The 21-year-old has been on the fringes of the first-team at Spurs, and has been linked with a £5million summer move to Swansea City, but Redknapp has suggested that his displays at Loftus Road might put him in the mind of manager Andre Villas-Boas.
Redknapp said: “Andros Townsend has been fantastic for us, but he will go back to Tottenham next season.”
QPR are facing a real uphill struggle to stay in the Premier League this season, and are likely to lose a whole host of their star players if they are to be relegated to the Championship. However, Redknapp insists that despite a difficult run of games against Arsenal, Newcastle and Liverpool, he has not yet given up hope that they can work a miracle and avoid the drop.
“We’re still not down. There’s no way we’re giving up on this season yet,” he told BBC Sport. “We’ll keep trying and keep believing.”
He added that despite the threat of relegation and loss of key players, the club have a bright future ahead of them under this current ownership.
“The people that own QPR are good people,” he said. “They’re looking to see the job through over the coming years.
“They are getting everything in place to push the club on.”
The club have spent a lot of money on their Premier League venture, and will likely recoup some more to rebuild their team if they go down and lose the likes of Loic Remy, Adel Taarabt, Christopher Samba and Julio Cesar.