Les Ferdinand refuses to rule out QPR return for Ravel Morrison
PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 September 2016 | UPDATED: 03:21 09 September 2016
QPR’s director of football Les Ferdinand has refused to close the door on Ravel Morrison returning to Loftus Road in the future.
Ferdinand remains a fond admirer of Morrison, who enjoyed an excellent loan spell at the club in the second half of their play-off winning 2013/14 campaign.
The 23-year-old, now plying his trade in Italy with Lazio, would welcome a return to England if the opportunity arose, with QPR his preferred destination.
And while the 49-year-old admits the chances of signing Morrison on a permanent basis are slim as it stands, he won’t completely rule out the prospect.
The former Manchester United starlet has come close to signing for Rangers on various occasions in the past, with Ferdinand still receptive of that coming to fruition.
However, the Times understands manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink still has reservations over that possibility, despite acknowledging the talent in abundance Morrison possesses.
Speaking exclusively to the Times, Ferdinand said on the topic: “Sometimes you have got people who are immensely talented, but you have to decide if that person can come into your group and not disrupt it.
“We’ve got a great group of players here now all fighting for each other and everyone wants the same thing.
“Sometimes you have to look at it and think will that person upset the others in the group, that’s the last thing you need, as talented as they are or can be you have to take that into account as well.
“That’s not totally my decision it’s the manager’s, and if he feels he can work with him and integrate him into the squad.
“I wouldn’t say it’s totally closed, but it is partially at the minute. Who knows what will happen, though.”
He continued: “I went to Germany to watch a game a while ago and saw Ravel at the airport as Lazio were playing a game on the same day and they were allowing him to go home for a few days.
“We had a great chat, he’s a lovely kid who I’ve got a lot of time for him and always have done.
“But sometimes your reputation goes before you and because of what you’ve done in the past people will always judge you on that.
“Sometimes people want to help you and if they see you don’t want to help yourself, they’re not going to bother.
“With all due respect to Ravel he hasn’t helped himself on occasions before, but like a few other players who have been here in the past, he’s had the wrong influences around him.
“He’s gone to Lazio and not played a lot but I’m sure that experience has benefitted him regardless and made him think about life a lot and what he wants to do in football.
“I would say being over in Lazio has certainly got rid of those bad influences, so hopefully he can bounce back and show everyone what a fantastic talent he is.”
Ferdinand is desperate to see Cole Kpekawa, who recently left the club to join Championship rivals Barnsley in a £450,000 deal, make the most of his talent and not waste it like certain other individuals he has worked with in the past have done.
“It’s a crying shame what has happened to some of these players, I just hope Cole Kpekawa doesn’t go that way too,” he said.
“You look at the talent Adel Taarabt has and what has happened there. I saw him coming through the ranks at Tottenham – the boy had absolutely everything.
“I watched a programme on Sky six weeks ago and it had the top 25 wasted talents in football and he was in there – that says it all.
“He was unbelievable for QPR in the Championship, and had some brilliant moments in the Premier League (under Mark Hughes too). It really is a crying shame what has happened.
“You can have all the talent in the world though, but if you don’t have the right mentality you’re not going to be a success.
“Sometimes when you’ve got so much ability you think you can take a liberty with it, but you get nowhere in life, let alone football, without working hard and having a good attitude.”
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