QPR boss Mick Beale insists Macauley Bonne does have a future at the club despite the player saying he wants to return to Ipswich where he spent last season on loan.
Bonne made the comments in an interview with the East Anglian Daily Times.
Beale says he has spoken to the former Charlton striker, who joined the R’s for a £2m fee in 2020, and is happy to have cleared the air.
Bonne, 26, scored twice in a 3-3 draw in a friendly against Crawley on Saturday.
“Me and Macca have had a real honest conversation this summer and I have been really happy with his attitude,” Beale said.
“I’ve seen a couple of things from the interview and had a bit of a joke with him about it and with a little look in my eye that wasn’t a joke, if that makes sense.
“He says he was misquoted and that he wants to he here and wants to work. I think you can only show the fans what he showed on Saturday.
“He was chasing things down, scored a fantastic goal on his own and scored another really good goal.
“Since I have been here I can only take people at face value and Macca has not been a problem for me whatsoever. He is telling me he wants to be here.
“You have to remember with the interview it is the city he is from, it’s his club and he spoke well about them and maybe the journo has elaborated on his words and left out some key words out from the end of the interview where he said he was excited to here and liking working with me and he wants to make a mark at QPR. They were left out of the interview.”
Bonne’s QPR career got off to a flying start with a last-gasp equaliser at Sheffield Wednesday on his debut and a late winner at Derby, but he struggled with confidence later in the season adding just one more goal to his tally.
Beale said his first goal at Crawley, where he robbed the home keeper Corey Adai on the edge of the box and curled the ball into the top corner from a tight angle, was a positive sign ahead of the team’s week-long training camp in Germany.
“Players get confidence from pre-season and he has been in every session, working hard,” Beale said.
“I thought he was very good (at Crawley) and I feel a bit sorry for him as we should be talking about Macauley in a positive light and he has been robbed of that by what happened at the other end of the pitch.”