Isla on QPR exit rumours: That was never going to happen

Isla and Vargas Chile vs Uruguay

Speculation had suggested the Chilean will return to Juventus in January.

Despite a slow start to life at Loftus Road, Mauricio Isla appears to finally be finding his feet in west London.

The Chilean struggled in his first few games for Queens Park Rangers and rumours soon began to circulate that he would rejoin Juventus in January.

But Isla, who is on loan at QPR from the Serie A champions, says he has had no contact with any Juventus coaches or directors. Indeed, a January return was 'never going to happen,' according to the 26-year-old.

“That was never going to happen,” he is quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard. “People talk but I’ve never spoken about it. I’ve not spoken to a single director at Juventus since I came to England, not even to the coach there, Massimiliano Allegri.

“It is important for me to stay here a long while because I need to get match fitness back after the cruciate knee ligament injury I had [while playing for Udinese in 2012]. After playing so many games for Udinese, it was a bit of a sad situation at Juventus.

“Because of the injury and other reasons, I didn’t play all that much for Juve. On the other hand, I’m playing regularly here, so I’m really happy about it.”

  TeamPosTackles WonInterceptions WonAppsMins
Mauricio Isla QPR DF 4 5 1 90
Richard Dunne QPR DF 2 0 1 90
Leroy Fer QPR MF 2 3 1 89
Eduardo Vargas QPR FW 0 4 1 87

As Opta stats show, Isla is starting to come to life in west London, with the Chilean playing at right-back against Aston Villa on Monday night - and delivering a fine performance.

No QPR player won more tackles than Isla in the 2-0 win versus Villa, nor did anyone win more interceptions.

And the right-back also created four chances and completed 27 passes - again, more than any other QPR player.

Should the 26-year-old's form continue, then, R's fans will no doubt be encouraged that he sees his future at Loftus Road.

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