Mark Warburton wants Luke Freeman stay at QPR amid Leeds speculation

Mark Warburton of Nottingham Forest looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Bolton Wanderers at City Ground on December 9, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Leeds United and Middlesbrough reportedly want Queens Park Rangers' Luke Freeman.

Mark Warbuton, Manager of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate on December 16, 2017 in Bristol, England.

Newly-appointed Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton has suggested to London Football News that he wants to keep Luke Freeman, amid speculation that Leeds United and Middlesbrough are interested in the midfielder.

According to talkSPORT, Leeds are interested in singing Freeman from Championship rivals QPR in the summer transfer window.

London Football News has claimed of interest in the 27-year-old midfielder from Middlesbrough.

 

Warburton has recently been appointed as the new QPR manager, and the former Rangers and Nottingham Forest boss has suggested that he wants to work with the former Arsenal prospect.

Warburton told London Football News when asked if he was planning for next season with the expectation that Freeman will move on: “Not until I hear otherwise.

“Luke is a very talented player, has won player of the year awards etc. I remember watching him at Barnet playing for Arsenal reserves and trying to get him.

“I couldn’t get him then, so to have him here now is a pleasant surprise and I’m delighted to work with players of Luke’s quality.”

Queens Park Rangers' Luke Freeman during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Blackburn Rovers at Loftus Road on April 19, 2019 in London, England.

Staying at QPR

QPR are unlikely to challenge for promotion from the Championship next season, and Freeman could be tempted by Leeds and Middlesbrough.

Both the Whites and Boro missed out on promotion to the Premier League this campaign, and the two clubs will be among those challenging for the playoffs at least during the 2019-20 campaign.

According to WhoScored, the 27-year-old midfielder scored seven goals and provided six assists in 43 Championship appearances for QPR this season.

Luke Freeman of Queens Park Rangers is challenged by Onel Hernandez of Norwich City during the Sky bet Championship match between Norwich City and Queens Park Rangers at Carrow Road on...

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