QPR boss reveals why Leistner has been allowed to leave on loan
PUBLISHED: 18:56 30 January 2020
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Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton explains why defender Toni Leistner has been loaned to FC Koln.
Toni Leistner has joined FC Koln on loan for the remainder of the season because he could not be given assurances over first-team football by R's boss Mark Warburton.
The 29-year-old joined Rangers from FC Union Berlin at the start of the last season but will now spend the remainder of this campaign with the Bundesliga club.
And Warburton admits he could not guarantee Leistner that he would play as regularly as he would like to.
"At this stage of the season Toni wants assurances about first team football and that is something we cannot guarantee any player," Warburton told qpr.co.uk.
"It is about being honest with the players and if any individual is not satisfied or is unhappy we will not stand in their way.
"The form of young Conor Masterson has entitled him to recent first team starts and we will always give opportunities to players, regardless of their age.
"This move gives Toni his opportunity to play every week and we wish him well during his time with FC Koln."
Leistner could make his debut for The Billy Goats this Sunday when they host SC Freiburg at The RheinEnergieStadion.
Elsewhere, Nahki Wells is expected to complete a permanent move to Bristol City from Burnley after he was recalled from his loan spell at QPR.