Redknapp tells M'Vila to view QPR as a stepping stone
Wednesday 16 January 2013
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has told potential signing Yann M'Vila to look at his move as a stepping stone to greater things.
M'Vila is expected to sign for the struggling Premier League outfit sometime this week, and Redknapp has said that the 22-year-old should be viewing this as a chance to show the bigger clubs what he can do. “I told him that he would come here and be a good player, and if he does well, if we stay up, in 18 months he could get a move to Manchester United, or Arsenal, or Chelsea, if that is what he is looking for,” Redknapp said.
“In the meantime, he could come here and we put him on the stage and show what he can do. If we can build a team then hopefully he will stay with us. If not he will put himself on the stage for bigger things.”
M'Vila is coming from French side Rennes, who are currently sixth in Ligue 1. The France international has been with Rennes for four seasons, establishing himself at just 18 as a regular member of the midfield. He has won 22 caps for France, although he could have earned more had he not received a lengthy ban from the French team for an unauthorised night out.
Redknapp however believes he has secured one of the most exciting young prospects in Europe, saying: “He's had a few problems off the field but he is only young. If he behaves himself and plays for us as he is able to then he will be a great asset.”
QPR currently find themselves rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, five points adrift of safety, although their form has improved under Redknapp, who has lost just four league games since he took over from Mark Hughes. They are also through to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup after beating West Brom in their Third Round replay on Tuesday.
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