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Harry Redknapp is 'confused' and 'thinks he is Alex Ferguson' according to Jose Bosingwa

Redknapp has been heavily critical of the former QPR defender

Jose Bosingwa has responded to former manager Harry Redknapp's criticisms of him by claiming the veteran coach is “confused” and accusing him of “thinking he is Alex Ferguson”.

Redknapp has this week been promoting his new autobiography, part of which focuses on his QPR side's relegation from the Premier League in May.

Redknapp was particularly scathing of some of his players' roles in that, with Portuguese defender Bosingwa the most criticised.

Writing about the former Chelsea man, Redknapp said: "Rangers had players like Jose Bosingwa, who just six months earlier had won the Champions League final with Chelsea, but he wasn't going to give his all.

"I found out the extent of the problem after we beat Fulham and Bosingwa refused to sit on the subs bench. I'd had problem players in the past but I thought his attitude was disgraceful.

"I fined him two weeks' wages - and that was when I got the shock of my life when I found out how much he was on. Bosingwa's salary was ridiculous."

For Bosingwa, though, the problem was not his.

He claims he never asked to be paid what he was and accused Redknapp of concentrating too much on things other than what happened on the field.

"I didn't force anyone to pay me the salary I earned," he told Portuguese newspaper A Bola.

"They paid me what they judged was fair for a player that arrived for free from Chelsea, that had been one of the most used squad members in the previous season and had just won the Champions League.

"If you think the salary they paid me was high, why did they sign two more players on a higher wage than me?"

Jose Bosingwa


On Redknapp himself, he added: "How can you do technical analysis of players during the morning training session spending all of the time in the changing room doing deals with business people and rarely on the pitch?

"He's frustrated. He thinks he's a bit [like] Alex Ferguson, talks everyday, more than him, but there's a difference: in all his long career he's only won one trophy.

"He doesn't seem to know what he's saying. He's a bit confused. It could be age."