QPR Boss Harry Redknapp Wants Christopher Samba To Stay

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But admits Julio Cesar will be off.

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QPR boss Harry Redknapp has spoke of his desire to keep a hold of central defender Christopher Samba as the club prepare for life in the Championship next season, according to the Daily Mirror.

Samba arrived in January from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala for a fee of £12 million but has seen his time back in England as a failure, receiving heavy criticism for not being able to do more to keep the side up.

A return to Russia has been suggested with both Anzhi and Zenit St Petersburg both more than happy to keep his pay packet topped up with fresh offers.

But Redknapp hopes that the 29-year-old will decide to stick around and help the club bounce back to the top flight.

“I don’t know what will happen with Chris. I’d like to keep him, he’d be the best centre half in the Championship. He had one bad day at Fulham and everyone got on his case. He’s a good player and we need him back playing,” he said.

However, the former Spurs boss couldn’t extend the sentiments to goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who he admits will be leaving for pastures new over the summer.

“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.”

“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.

“But it is a difficult one because I don’t see him playing here next season, so I want to play Rob Green from now on. Rob has come in and done well. Rob will probably be my goalkeeper next season.”

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