With new Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton meeting with the press this week for his introduction to the media, one of the topics that came up in the meet and greet was the future of Luke Freeman with many fans fearing he will be off this summer.
With strong speculation linking the 27-year-old star with a move to Middlesbrough and the belief that QPR did reject firm offers, owner Tony Fernandes promised fans on social media that he wouldn’t be sold this year and that was proven true – but with another almost disastrous season, plenty have assumed we would now look to cash in on him.
Quoted by West London Sport, Warburton explained that this wasn’t necessarily the case and at least until he’s told otherwise, he’s looking forward with the expectation of finally working with the player this pre-season and across the campaign, having previously tried to sign him for Brentford.
“Not until I hear otherwise. Luke is a very talented player, has won player of the year awards etc. I remember watching him at Barnet playing for Arsenal reserves and trying to get him. I couldn’t get him then, so to have him here now is a pleasant surprise and I’m delighted to work with players of Luke’s quality. I only want players who want to be here – that’s not referring to Luke, that’s in general. You want players who want to play for QPR and want to get better every day.”