Granero to be the first in QPR exodus?

Esteban Granero

Following reports from Spain that Real Betis are interested in his signature, could the QPR midfielder be first out the door?

In the wake of QPR’s relegation from the Premier League, the men most commonly talked of as the first to jump ship were the January signings.

Rumours abounded of relegation release clauses and – certainly in the case of Loic Remy – considerable interest from elsewhere.

But Spanish newspaper Marca is reporting that the first man to leave Loftus Road this summer could be Esteban Granero.

Signed from Real Madrid by former manager Mark Hughes last summer, the 25-year-old is just one of many great names that has failed to form a great team. And yet following Rangers’ relegation the midfielder was one of the first to voice his intention to remain.

I signed my contract here for four years,” he said.

I was not thinking about going to the Championship when I joined but that is the reality now. I like life in London. We now prepare for life next season. The club will have to decide, not me.”

Everything seemed perfectly clear. Granero wanted to stay.

But that last line handed the decision over to the club. And with talk that Real Betis are interested in the Spaniard, could they cash in on a player they signed for a reported fee of £9million last summer?

The fact that he is one of the club’s highest earners and still has three-years left on his current contract could make Harry Redknapp’s decision for him.

Redknapp has already said the Rangers side will look markedly different next season. He must build a side that can navigate the unpredictable waters of one of Europe’s most evenly-matched and toughest divisions. And he must decide if Granero and the like are good enough to help him.

When asked of the likelihood of a move for Granero, Betis coach Pepe Mel said, “We’re interested and I’m not going to say no. It’s public knowledge that I have a good relationship with him.”

In building a group of high profile individuals, neither Hughes nor Redknapp could simultaneously build a team. But QPR are now a side full of the pieces to other club’s jigsaws.

And while they failed to work collectively, they won’t have lost their appeal to managers knowing that one or two new signings makes a team, while numerous signings makes only a mess.

Should Redknapp keep Granero for the battles ahead, or replace him with someone new?

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