Belfast Telegraph

Wright-Phillips 'could go for free'

Harry Redknapp believes QPR would grant Shaun Wright-Phillips a free transfer if he found a new club.

Rangers boss Redknapp has claimed the 33-year-old midfielder is happier sitting on a "fantastic contract" than leaving the club for first-team football.

Redknapp revealed Wright-Phillips has rejected a host of potential loan moves, telling the former Manchester City midfielder he "needs to move on".

Wright-Phillips has vowed to "do my bit in this relegation fight" despite Redknapp deeming him surplus to requirements at Loftus Road.

"He would be allowed to go on a free; the club would do a deal with him, I'm sure," Redknapp said.

"Shifting him if he's not in your plans, that's difficult.

"I've told Shaun, of course I've told him, he needs to go on loan or move permanently.

"But he's not going to move when he's got a fantastic contract.

"Let's all sit and talk straight: when you're earning X amount of pounds, and someone wants to give you money that's nowhere near that, you're not going to go, are you?

"It's no-one's fault that Shaun's got a great contract. Good luck to him - someone gave it to him.

"It's all about opinions. Someone else could come in and put Shaun straight in the team. That's the game.

"He played for me when I first came here in the Premier League. I've got no problems with him, I like him an awful lot. If I didn't, I'd say so.

"When he's had a chance on loan - Blackburn, Bolton, Charlton, they've come in for him - and he's said 'I'm not interested', he didn't want to know. He wouldn't consider it. He doesn't want to go on loan.

"But even a permanent deal, who's going to pay the same money he has here? It's difficult.

"But let's be honest - you can't blame the boy.

"No-one's blaming him; he's got a great contract.

"In the long term he needs to move on and play football, and I've said that to him many times."

Wright-Phillips hit back at Redknapp by pledging to fight for his future at the west London club.

"I'm not at QPR to go back and forth. I'm fit and ready to do my bit in this relegation fight as they may need me at some point. I believe in myself and know what I'm capable of," he tweeted.

Rangers host Manchester United at Loftus Road bidding to ease out of the Premier League relegation zone on Saturday.

Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright leapt to the defence of his adopted son Wright-Phillips, criticising Redknapp's comments on Twitter.

"Ridiculous statement about not wanting to go on loan!!! You get paid the same money when you're on loan," Wright posted.

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