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Redknapp challenges Diakite

Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has warned midfielder Samba Diakite he will have to battle to earn a place in the team.

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Samba Diakite: Out of the picture at Rangers

Samba Diakite: Out of the picture at Rangers

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Diakite, who was an integral part of the Mali squad that finished third at recent the Africa Cup of Nations, has not played for Rangers since the 3-0 reverse to Liverpool in December.

Redknapp signed Jermaine Jenas on loan from Tottenham in January to boost an already congested central midfield which includes Esteban Granero, Stephane Mbia and Ji-Sung Park.

And the Rangers manager expects the Mali international to respond positively to the challenge.

Redknapp said: "His form dipped a little bit before he went away. The Liverpool game was a disappointment.

"And now there's Jermaine Jenas, there's Park, there's Granero and Mbia - we've got a group of them central midfielders.

"But Samba's a good lad, and I like him and he's training well. I guess he could be in the team anytime."

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