Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Mbia hopes Bosingwa dispute is resolved

Stephane Mbia, pictured, admits Jose Bosingwa was wrong to refuse to sit on the bench

QPR midfielder Stephane Mbia says he would never refuse to sit on the bench like his team-mate Jose Bosingwa did two weeks ago against Fulham.

But Mbia is hopeful that Bosingwa can resolve his dispute with manager Harry Redknapp as he believes the Portuguese right-back can aid QPR's bid to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League. Redknapp fined Bosingwa two weeks' wages (£130,000) before launching an angry tirade against the defender.

Despite some criticism from fans for his performances, Mbia thinks Bosingwa is a vital member of the R's squad, but he admits he would never have acted in the way that the Champions League winning full-back did. "If the manager tells me to sit on the bench I will do it," Mbia said following QPR's 2-1 defeat at West Brom.

"It's up to the manager to make the decisions. If he wants you to sit on the bench, you sit on the bench.

"It's a very difficult and complicated situation. Hopefully at the end of the day the club and player can sort it out as Jose is a very good player."

Redknapp, a man with over 20 years' experience in management, clearly hoped that publicly berating some of the expensive imports brought in under Mark Hughes would spark them in to life.

Although QPR remain six points from safety, Redknapp has brought in six of the club's 10 points since he replaced Mark Hughes last month and Mbia remains convinced the former Tottenham manager will lead his new team out of the relegation zone.

"I believe in him. I believe he is the man to get us out of trouble," Mbia said. "It's up to the players to give 100 per cent, but the manager will give a lot to us. He will enable the players to give the best of themselves.

"He has helped me a lot already. He has tried to make me a more intelligent player. He wants me to be more careful on the pitch so I don't pick up needless yellow and red cards.

"I definitely think we can stay up. The gaffer gives us so much confidence, he uses so many different words, I know we can do it."

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