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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Lopez' QPR Future...Ramage's Perspective...Maguire Loaned to Yeovil

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Ben Kosky/Kilburn Times re Jordi Lopez - Sign him up!
- JORDI Lopez is keen to stay at QPR next season - but the club have yet to decide whether they will offer him a new contract.
- The Spanish midfielder has impressed since arriving at Loftus Road six weeks ago and scored his first goal for the club in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Bristol City.
- But Rangers have so far made no overtures to Lopez about a deal for next season - and that could open the door for other interested clubs to snap up the former Sevilla and Real Mallorca man when his three-month contract runs out.
- Lopez's agent Alex Bonnot, who played for Rangers himself during the 2001-02 season, told the Times: "If there are things to be talked about, it will have to be quite soon.
- "Obviously we'll be waiting to see if QPR come and show some interest in keeping him. If they do - and I'd hope that they will - we'll discuss it then.
- "It's been very much an extended trial for Jordi, to sign for QPR and show if he could adapt to English football. He's doing his part and it's the club's part to say whether they are interested or not.
- "Jordi's happy at the moment. He speaks really well of his team-mates at QPR and also of Paulo Sousa - they have a good understanding."
- The Rs boss is known to be a fan of Lopez - along with winger Wayne Routledge, he is the only player brought into the club on Sousa's wishes since he succeeded Iain Dowie.
- Sousa's own future remains in the balance and ultimately, the coach's destiny is likely be a significant factor in whether or not Lopez is wearing a QPR shirt at the start of next season.
- But there is little doubt that the Loftus Road crowd have quickly warmed to the Spaniard, especially after his superbly placed free-kick that put the Rs ahead against Bristol City.
- Speaking through a translator, the 28-year-old confirmed: "Of course I'm very grateful that the coach wanted me to come.
- "I've settled in quickly and I'm enjoying it. I always wanted to come to England to play football and I'm really happy here. I want to keep on working and continue like this."
- Bonnot, who also spent two and a half years with Watford before his spell at Loftus Road, acknowledges that overseas players must learn to modify their game when they move to an English club.
- "I don't think it is difficult to adapt when you come to England, but it isn't only how you do, it's also how you are seen to be doing," he added.
- "You can have quality on the technical side of the game, but this would be useless if you don't also have the physical qualities. The main point is to keep your own quality but add other things. Kilburn Times

Kilburn Times - Matt's the man, says rival Ramage
- PETER Ramage has tipped the man who kept him out of the side for two months to be QPR's player of the year.
- Matthew Connolly's form at right-back left Ramage kicking his heels on the sidelines until defensive absences elsewhere brought the Geordie back into favour in recent weeks.
- Connolly, meanwhile, has been filling in more than adequately at left-back and centre-back, and Ramage admitted: "I think Connors has arguably been our player of the season so far - the last couple of weeks he's played in every position but goalkeeper.
- "Damion [Stewart] and Kaspars [Gorkss] formed a formidable partnership at the back and that was only broken because of injuries.

"I think it's testament to the back four that Radek Cerny's had hardly anything to do in the last couple of weeks, he's been a virtual spectator.

"We've got one of the best defensive records and that was one of the reasons I couldn't get in the team. It was frustrating on my part, but I could have no argument - the lads were playing well."

The summer signing from Newcastle was virtually an ever-present in the side during Iain Dowie's brief reign and continued to feature in the majority of matches until Rangers' FA Cup third round tie with Burnley.

But, with Connolly switching to right-back to accommodate the Stewart-Gorkss axis, Ramage found himself out of the picture until an injury to Damien Delaney indirectly opened the door at Doncaster earlier this month.
- "You try to keep your head right and keep right physically as well," Ramage recalled. "We've got a great bunch of lads who keep everyone's spirits up - there are a few jokers, even the lads that aren't in the team.
- "It's been frustrating for Fitz [Hall] as well. Both of us have played in the Premier League, we've come down and wanted to play week in, week out. Now my aim is to stay in the team and help the team to the play-offs."
- That target still remains just about feasible following Rangers' back-to-back wins over Swansea and Bristol City, but it would take an incredible extension of that form to haul them from 11th place into the coveted sixth.
- Even optimistic observers admit the Rs would have to win at least five of their remaining six games to have a chance, but Ramage insisted: "If we keep winning, we can go up there - there's no reason why not.
- "That's what we were aiming for at the start of the season and just because we're a little behind, I don't see why we can't still achieve it. Saturday was a very good win and it was important to carry on the form we showed against Swansea.
- "We've just got to concentrate on what we do and if we don't do it this season, I've every confidence we can really put a challenge in next season. Kilburn Times

Yeovil Official Site [Dany Maguire] Another loan signs on
- Yeovil Town have signed Queens Park Rangers central midfielder Danny Maguire on loan until the end of the season.
- 19 year old Maguire has come through the ranks at Rangers and has been at the club since he was 8 years old.
- During his time at the club he began to be noticed in the Youth side and last season was appointed captain of the under 18 side.
- Noted for his the strength of his passing and reading of the game Danny was offered his first professional contract at the end of last season." Yeovil

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