QPR’s Harry Redknapp rubbishes Jose Bosingwa ‘laugh’ accusations

Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp sticks up for Jose Bosingwa after he was shown laughing after Hoops' relegation

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Jose Bosingwa [right] joined QPR from Chelsea last summer Photo: The Sport Review

Harry Redknapp has defended Jose Bosingwa after the right-back was shown laughing in the immediate aftermath of Queens Park Rangers’s relegation to the Championship.

The Portugal international was powerless to prevent the Hoops dropping down to England’s second tier as Redknapp’s men were held to a goalless draw by 20th-placed Reading on Sunday.

Bosingwa, who joined on a free transfer from Chelsea last summer, was pictured laughing as he left the pitch and walked to the dressing room, but Redknapp refuted claims the defender was sniggering at QPR’s plight.

“He wasn’t laughing about the result or getting relegated,” Redknapp told West London Sport.

“To start throwing that one about is completely out of order. He was only laughing because one of their players – another foreign lad – came up and said something to him.”

Redknapp also played down talk of a fire sale at the Hoops during the summer, with big earners like Júlio Cesar, Loic Remy and Chris Samba already being linked with moves away from Loftus Road.

And the QPR manager reckons he could struggle to sell his big-name stars even if the 66-year-old wanted to offload the club’s highest earners as he reshapes his Hoops squad before next season.

“It is not easy to change when people have got contracts – I’ve heard over the years that players will want to leave because you have been relegated but where are they going to go?

“If they had played better perhaps we wouldn’t have gone down, one or two will be wanted by good clubs.

“There are an awful lot here that have good contracts and it would be hard to get rid of them even if I wanted to shift them. You can’t shift people on two or three year contracts for good money.

“It is not easy when you have already got 25 players under contract.”

He added: “I don’t think the club spent big money in the summer, I think they have paid big wages but there wasn’t big transfer fees paid.

“It wasn’t a case of going out and spending millions and millions on players. That is how it is.”

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