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Ilias Chair extends QPR stay until 2025

ILIAS Chair has agreed a new four-and-a-half-year deal with QPR – keeping him in W12 until the summer of 2025.

The club also have the option to extend the deal by a further year.

The 23-year-old – who is nearing a century of senior appearances for Rangers – joined the R’s in 2017 following a successful trial. He has been a virtual ever-present since Mark Warburton’s appointment as boss ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Speaking to www.qpr.co.uk, Chair said: “I’m very happy – my family is happy, my friends are happy, everyone is happy for me.

“I think it’s what the fans deserve and what the club deserves from my part.

“The club has given me everything from day one. I came in as a young 19-year-old boy and now, I’m still young, but I’ve grown so much in those four years.

“I’m absolutely delighted for the fans as well that young players like me are committing to the club for a very long time. They play such a big part because they support me every single game.

“Ups and downs happen in a season but the fans are always behind me and they give me that confidence to keep going.”

Chair was also keen to pay tribute to manager Warburton and his coaching team, explaining: “The gaffer has been brilliant with me and gave me a lot of confidence by playing me so much last season.

“He talks to me every day about how to improve and become a better player – the same goes for John Eustace and Neil Banfield, too. I’m so grateful to have them and I can go and talk to them about anything, not only about football but also about personal things.

"The gaffer has always been very open with me.”

Warburton added: “Ilias is obviously a talented player – he’s stepped up.

“He had his loan spell at Stevenage previously and then went through a developmental phase last season.

“This year, he is more established. Ilias was handed the number 10 shirt in pre-season and we had some very frank discussions about what that meant, and the responsibilities that come with the shirt at QPR.

“However, he has embraced that challenge and done very well – even though there is lots more work to do. He knows that, we all know that.

“He is far from the finished article – he’s a young player who has had a really good season so far.

“What he has to do is keep on working hard every day. That will be vital.

“I’m delighted for Ilias, but this does not mean you take your foot off the gas and I don’t expect him to. You have to work even harder.”

Ilias was handed the number 10 shirt in pre-season - he has embraced that challenge and done very well.

Mark Warburton