QPR missed out on a young Algerian prospect because he preferred to stay with the French club he has come through the ranks at.
So says the player himself, 19 year old centre-back Mehdi Boudjemaa, who has been compared to a young David Luiz due to his long frizzy locks.
The converted midfielder has just started training with the first team at Ligue One side Guingamp, but turned down a trial at Loftus Road earlier this year.
“It’s true that QPR asked me for a trial,” he told Goal France this week.
“I asked myself a few questions, I spoke to my mum, the board and my agent, and I told myself it was better to not doing anything crazy just because one club shows interest.
“It was nothing concrete, just a trial. Therefore, I decided to stay to work hard in hope of signing my first professional deal with my club, the one that gave me a chance. Today, I’m happy about my decision because everything is going well.”
Had he made the journey over to London, Boudjemaa may well have found himself playing for the Paul Hall's Rs U23s side.
Hall took his side to London Colney this afternoon to play a strong Watford side, featuring former Rs loanee Mauro Zarate among a number of senior players, but still won 2-1.