Mark Hughes: QPR won’t lose the ‘next Raheem Sterling’ to a big club
Mark Hughes vows QPR will keep hold of their next prodigious young star after losing Raheem Sterling to Liverpool in 2010
Mark Hughes has promised that Queens Park Rangers will not lose their next prodigious talent to a another Premier League club, with former Hoops youngster Raheem Sterling starring at Liverpool.
The 17-year-old’s impressive form for Brendan Rodgers’ side earned the Jamaican-born forward his first England cap in a 4-2 loss to Sweden on Wednesday.
Sterling joined the Hoops’ academy aged 10 and was tipped to become a future star before former Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez paid £600,000 to bring the youngster to Anfield in February 2010.
And Hughes insists that QPR have made improvements to their youth system to ensure a talent such as Sterling won’t leave the club at such a tender age in future.
“No [another Raheem Sterling wouldn’t leave for a big club] because that’s part of what we’re trying to do,” said Hughes.
“There have been massive changes in the academy and everything we’re trying to do is to ensure in the future that will never happen again because it’s a big thing to be able to cultivate your own players and bring them through.
“Those types of players have an empathy with the club and the fans have a real empathy with the young players because they view them as their own.
“We’re trying to address that. When you’ve got a player with the talent of Raheem Sterling and you don’t have the capacity to keep him, it tells you there is something wrong fundamentally with what we’re doing at that level.
“So we’re making sure that won’t happen again in the future.”