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QPR's Fernandes wants Samba to stay put

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes is hoping Christopher Samba commits to the club despite their relegation to the Championship.

The French-born Congolese defender joined the R's from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala in January for around £12million but his future at Loftus Road is now in doubt after the West London club dropped out of the Premier League.

Despite this, Fernandes said that manager Harry Redknapp will speak to the former Blackburn Rovers man regarding his plans and insisted that the club was desperate to retain his services.

"I think it's very real (that he stays)," he told London Call-In.

"I haven't had a chance to speak to Chris since (relegation) and I think Harry is sitting down with him tomorrow.

"We want players who want to play for us. I think the days of bringing in players because of their reputation, their name and they're just coming to QPR for the salary are gone.

"We want to have players who want to play for us, who are excited by walking down that tunnel and going to play for us.

"We're under no pressure now to just keep players so if Chris wants to stay with us, if he believes in what the club can do, then I'd love him to be one of the pivotal points of the Championship side.

"But if he doesn't feel that this is right for him then I don't want to force him to stay and I'd rather get someone who gets excited going out there.

"But Chris would be a tower in the Championship and it would be fantastic to build a team around him."

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