QPR boss Harry Redknapp expects Chile duo to star in Premier League
PUBLISHED: 17:53 22 August 2014 | UPDATED: 18:28 22 August 2014
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Harry Redknapp is confident Chilean World Cup stars Eduardo Vargas and Mauricio Isla will have few problems settling into life in west London and the Premier League.
The Rs pulled off a major coup signing the pair on season-long loans from Napoli and Juventus respectfully and Isla is set to make his QPR debut debut against Spurs at White Hart Lane on Sunday after his international clearance came through.
Redknapp said: “The one lad Isla who has trained, he’s a fantastic player – a proper player. You see players come out on the training ground and he’s a real player.
“I couldn’t be more pleased. I was really sad last week that we couldn’t get his clearance.
“When we went for him I thought we’ve got no chance of getting him on loan. They paid £12million for him just over a year ago – how are we going to get him on loan?
“But he is a great loan signing for us.”
Given Redknapp’s experience with Javier Margas at West Ham, he could be forgiven for having a few reservations about signing the south American duo but the 67-year-old says the game has moved on a lot off the pitch since he signed Margas off the back of a good World Cup in 1998.
Margas played 24 matches for the Hammers before going AWOL - five weeks later he appeared back in Chile.
Redknapp said: “When I look back on that situation it was ridiculous.
“We bought a lad in from Chile and we put him in a house out in the middle of Essex.
“We gave him a car – he didn’t speak a word of English. First day he got in the car expecting to find the training ground, he ended up at Stansted airport coming to Chadwell Heath.
“Then coming up a country lane he gets a puncture.
“His wife came over – I think her family own two or three of the biggest hotels in Santiago. She had about three or four sisters – they were the closest family you’ve ever seen – so she is in a house all day, don’t speak English – can’t watch television.
“That was how it was in those days – no one looked after them.”
Redknapp continued: “Now all the football clubs, when people come in, people look after them.
“Here, we’ve got Paul Roberts - his job is to make sure they are all ok.
“He makes sure he house is ok, any problems get solved and kids have got schools.
“Poor old Margas that was how it was – his wife was crying all day. I think I’d have run home.
“It should be fine with the pair of lads we’ve got here.”
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