Hughes rules out further contract talks

QPR manager Mark Hughes has refused to give his out-of-contract players an indication of whether they have a future at Loftus Road.

Rangers recently handed Hogan Ephraim a one-year extension in order to avert the possibility of losing him for no fee at the end of the season.

But Hughes has ruled out holding talks with the likes of Clint Hill and Akos Buzsaky, who reach the end of their current deals this summer, or back-up goalkeeper Radek Cerny, who has suggested he may return to his native Czech Republic if he is not made an offer.

Hughes has issues to resolve in the summer.

And a number of clubs have been alerted to the fact that talks with keeper Paddy Kenny, pencilled in for the start of February, have not taken place.

Kenny is under contract until next year and the club discussed a new deal for him prior to Hughes’ arrival.

Hughes told West London Sport: “In the case of Hogan Ephraim we felt we wanted to protect the club’s long-term interests.

“With the more senior players I’m not yet in a position to have those types of conversations with them.

“It’s something we’ll look to address at the end of the season. Until then we need to focus on our target, which has to be to get the points we need in order to stay in the Premier League.

“There are a number of players with situations to be resolved but they understand that at this moment in time our focus is on the games coming up.”

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