Saturday 22 October 2016

Charlie Austin wants to leave QPR and stay in Premier League, reveals boss Chris Ramsey

Charlie Austin
Charlie Austin

QPR manager Chris Ramsey admits Charlie Austin is likely to leave the club this summer.

Austin, who hit 18 Premier League goals last season, has been linked with moves to Newcastle, Leicester, West Ham and Crystal Palace.

But relegated Rangers have already turned down big-money bids and are holding out for more than £15million for the 26-year-old striker.

Ramsey told talkSPORT: "We have to be realistic. It's unlikely he'll stay. We want to keep him but it's unlikely.

"The club is in a financial position that it needs to recoup some money and I think for his ambitions he wants to keep playing in the Premier League to go to the Euros.

"We've been offered £12million and turned it down so we're looking in excess of £15million. Goalscoring is something you can't coach, it's just a habit that some people have."

However, Ramsey claims Austin will only leave Loftus Road if the right move materialises.

Ramsey added: "He's aiming to go to a team that's in the top half of the table, if he doesn't then he could stay.

"He puts in a shift in training. I don't think he's going to be one of those whose head is all over the place. It's hard for any young man with this sort of attention to not be affected but he's been very good."

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