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PETER CROUCH OPENS DOOR TO QPR RETURN

Former Tottenham and Liverpool striker, Peter Crouch has revealed his desire to play for Queens Park Rangers once again before he hangs up his boots.

The 37-year-old is nearing the end of his playing career, but believes he has what it takes to carry on playing beyond his 40th birthday – and has cited Loftus Road as the place where he’d like to end his career.

The striker made his breakthrough at QPR in 2000 after joining from Tottenham, scoring 12 goals during his one season at Loftus Road before a £1.5m move to Portsmouth.

Speaking to ITV, Crouch said: “I’ve played for quite a few clubs but quite a few of them I hold dearly, really. I think QPR is one of my favourites because that’s where I started.

“My friends and family are QPR fans, as well, so that’s one that is really close to my heart and I always said I would go back there one day and I would love to go back there.”

Despite approaching the end of his career, Crouch says that he’s hoping to keep playing for as long as possible, and says his former Hoops manager Mark Hughes is the perfect example of a player making the most of their career.

He said: “I spoke with Mark Hughes when he was manager at Stoke, he played until he was 40, and we had a few chats about it and he was like ‘I think you can do that’,” Crouch said.

“I’ve, sort of, set myself a target of that now; I still feel fit, I still do what all the rest of the players do, I don’t take any sort of time off or rest, I like to be on the training pitch every single day, I still love it, so I’ll do it for as long as possible.

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