QPR star reveals summer transfer dilemma
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Jermaine Jenas insists he has no regrets at rejecting the interest of Premier League outfit Hull City in favour of fighting for promotion from the Championship with QPR.
Newly-promoted Hull tabled a bid, believed to be in the region of £1.5 million, for the 30-year-old former Tottenham midfielder in July.
But Jenas turned down the chance of an immediate return to the top flight with the Tigers, instead preferring to stay in west London and fight for his place in Harry Redknapp’s side.
“It was a bit confusing as to what was the right thing to do,” said Jenas. “I have two little girls down in London, my family is here. I was very happy at QPR.
“They took a chance on me last year by bringing me here, and I felt I came in and did really well despite the fact that we went down. I felt obligated to see it through.
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“I was very interested in getting back in the Premier League, but you have to weigh it up. Would I have been jumping ship just to go down again while QPR go up?
“Hull have got off to a fantastic start and I was absolutely over the moon with their interest. Steve Bruce is a top manager who I respect, and they brought in some top players.
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“I knew what they wanted to do, but it was a personal matter with regards to leaving my family at that particular point.”
Despite his decision to stay, Jenas has found first-team football hard to come by so far this season, with the majority of his appearances coming from the substitutes’ bench.
However, a one-match ban for Joey Barton allowed Jenas to return to the starting line-up for the 0-0 draw at Wigan, and he kept his spot for last weekend’s home clash with Derby County, where his first goal of the season set the Rs on course for a vital 2-1 win which kept them third in the table.
Jenas admitted that his spell out of the team was ‘confusing’, but he is determined to hold down a regular place in the side.
He added: “I always thought that I should have been in the team, as Tom [Carroll] and Ale [Faurlin] would as well. I back my own ability, but sometimes the manager’s decisions are different.
“We were getting the results and that’s the main thing. It’s not about individuals, we want to win the league and we want to win games.
“It was very confusing at times. I played in the quarter-final of the Champions League for Harry. I think I started every game for him in the Champions League, barring one or two.
“I did have my frustrated days, but the lads were great around me and there may be more. We have a big squad and there are players to come back.
“Tom has to come back yet. As long as I am part of the team that wins the league, that’s all I’m bothered about.
“I have had to wait patiently and I’ve been very frustrated at not playing. But we have a big squad of players and it’s a long season, so I just kept training hard and got my chance against Wigan due to Joey being suspended, and I played well enough to keep my position in the team for the weekend. I got my goal and I was pleased with my performance.”