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QPR’s Kranjcar wants to make loan move permanent

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 October 2013

Niko Kranjcar

Niko Kranjcar

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Niko Kranjcar is keen to turn his loan from Dynamo Kiev into a permanent move.

Kranjcar is on loan at QPR until the end of the season after a “difficult” 2012-13 campaign in which he played just five times for the Ukrainian side.

The Croatia international, who made his full debut in the win over Middlesbrough, has two years left to run on his contract – but said he would love to make the switch to Loftus Road.

“Would I stay here? If they would want me, yes,” said Kranjcar. “Honestly I’m not thinking about it, I’m thinking about Saturday and improving on my first game. Then hopefully I get the opportunity to make the decision in January.

“I’m delighted to be back in England and back in London. You can sense the togetherness in the squad. It really is a great place to be, I’m enjoying my football.

“It wasn’t working out the way that I wanted in Ukraine. I talked to the gaffer, who I have played for before, and for me it was important to get game time.

“Here, knowing the coaching staff and people I worked with before, I have the best chance. QPR is a team that will challenge for promotion.”

Kranjcar’s move from Spurs to Kiev in June 2012 proved a disappointment for the 29-year-old, who suffered a succession of injuries which restricted his first-team appearances.

And with the target of helping Croatia qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil, Kranjcar said he is eager to repay Harry Redknapp’s faith in his ability.

Redknapp previously signed Kranjcar at Portsmouth and Tottenham, and the midfielder admitted the manager’s belief had brought back his self-confidence.

“The last year was difficult, the change of mentality most of all,” added Kranjcar. “It takes time to get used to. Maybe I can say I didn’t adapt to that, so I was happy when I got the chance to come here and come back to familiar surroundings and a way of thinking.

“He [Redknapp] does believe in me, he was the first manager to give me experience. He took me to Spurs as well and wanted me here. He’s someone who believes in me and still likes the style of football that I play.”

Kranjcar made his debut on the left of Redknapp’s front three against Middlesbrough, and he feels that is the position from which he has most to offer.

“I love playing off the left because it gives me the freedom to drift inside,” he said. “That makes it harder for defenders to pick you up rather than when you are stuck in the middle.”


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