QPR director Mark Warburton insists he’s not taken aback by the prospect of clubs showing interest in the Ilias chair.
The Morocco international scored a late game-winner – his fourth goal in as many games – to give Rangers a 1-0 win over Blackburn and further improve its growing reputation.
Asked if he was concerned that the president would attract offers during the January transfer window, Warburton said: “Not at all, because if Ilias goes to another club it will be for the value of QPR.
“If a club wants to come and pay 25 million pounds for him, so much the better.
“If you’re going to sell in January, it’s to a (Premier League) team that is struggling and will spend to stay in place or a team that is pushing for promotion and spending to try to keep going. So you only lose one player in January on your terms.
“We don’t want to lose any player. But if they go, they go at our price.
“Every player has a value. If your house is worth £ 500,000 and I say ‘here is £ 2million’ then you’re going to sell me 99 times out of a hundred.
“So if its value is X and somebody’s going to pay X plus Y, then that’s fine.” I don’t want Ilias to go anywhere. But if anyone leaves, it will be on our terms.
In a game of few chances, Chair managed to break the deadlock by collecting a shot after recovering the pass from Rob Dickie.
Warburton said: “It was a great strike. He has a great technique. It’s about getting that half a meter space and maximizing it, which he has done very well.
“I thought we were dominant in the second half and the goal was coming. “
Warburton added that he “used the team” to decide to put Moses Odubajo to rest, who was replaced by the excellent Albert Adomah.
Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray has admitted to setting up his squad in order to frustrate the Rangers.
“I really sat there thinking we were going to win 1-0, and we lost,” Mowbray said.
“We needed to score and we’ve scored in almost every game this season, so it’s frustrating for us not to have scored.
“We came in really frustrating and hoping we could take the points and in the end it wasn’t.
“We can get results away from home and I thought we could do it tonight.
“There was no need to come here and be too expansive and for it to be like a basketball game against a team that scores a lot of goals.
“We set ourselves up not to be expansive and frustrating. It’s OK – you can get results by doing this. We play totally different at home.
“The players have worked extraordinarily hard. I’m sitting here tonight quite proud of how hard they worked and tried to rob a pretty good team. I will not criticize them.