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  • By Alessandro Schiavone

Neil Critchley: I can't guarantee that the lovely Ilias Chair stays at QPR beyond this window

Exclusive by Alessandro Schiavone after QPR's 1-1 draw with Sheffield United

There's a good chance QPR fans will be dealt a huge disappointment in their hopes of seeing Moroccan whizard Ilias Chair at QPR beyond the 31st of January after boss Neil Critchley refused to rule out his departure.

The Hoops were pegged back by a 96th-minute deflected John Egan equaliser against Sheffield United yesterday night.

And making matters worse is that the man who put them 1-0 up may head for the exit door if QPR director of football Les Ferdinand receives a suitable offer in the next 28 days.

Speaking to Capital Football, Critchley said: "No, I can never guarantee that [he stays], I'd be foolish to do that.

"Do we want him here? Yes, of course we do.

"Do we love having him here? Yes.

"I've only been here a number of weeks. Ilias came a little bit later after my arrival because of his World Cup experience.

"And I've been nothing but impressed with him as a player and as a person.

"First and foremost he's a lovely person, really humble and down-to-earth who loves football and he's a very talented player.

"I hope he remains a QPR player but I can't guarantee that, obviously no."

Asked whether the concession of a last-gasp equaliser felt disappointing even though he may have signed up for one point before kick-off given high-flying Sheffield United's form and second-place in the table, he claimed that QPR will never settle for anything less than all three points.

"No, no. Why would I taken a draw with them?

"That is a mentality we've got to change. We want to win every game, home and away. It doesn't matter who we're playing against, form or circumstances.

"You look at their form, you look at our form and I didn't think that showed at all in the first-half. There was no hangover from our 3-0 defeat from the other night and that's because of our mindset and our mentality.

"That's what I want to instil in the players. You've got to show belief in who we're and what we're doing.

"And I've total clarity and faith in us. We've looked a good team tonight, I've taken a lot of positives in that performance."


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