QPR defender Ryan Nelsen has been appointed as manager of Major League Soccer side Toronto FC, but he remains available for selection as Rangers continue their fight against relegation.

The MLS season does not start until March but Nelsen is in talks with QPR boss Harry Redknapp to discuss when he will link-up with his new club.

Nelsen has been a bright light in an otherwise disappointing season at W12, making 19 league appearances, scoring once.

The 35-year-old defender has been quick to point out that he does not want to cause the club any unnecessary disruption in his departure.

"I've had several conversations with Harry and Tony Fernandes," Nelsen said at a recent press conference in Canada. "They have been so understanding with my situation.

"They understand that when I play I am playing on glass knees and glass ankles. It is a bit of a struggle. They know I am at the end but they also know the predicament they are in. It is a major predicament.

"Getting out the English Premier League has major financial implications and there is a lot of pressure from fans, the media and so on, so I have an obligation.

"I really want QPR to stay up and to kick on for Harry and because of the owner. They are just fantastic people. They would like me to keep playing but we have to sit down and talk. If we can get five straight wins, that'd be perfect.

"I think then we can shake hands [and part company] but we are just going to have to talk and see how things progress."

Redknapp and QPR remain confident that they can keep hold of Nelsen until the end of the season as the west London outfit look to beat the drop, which would result in the veteran defender's role at Toronto FC becoming very limited, at least initially.

The Kiwi has said that his newly-appointed assistant and director of player recruitment, Fran O'Leary, has his full backing, even if Nelsen doesn't link-up with him at Toronto immediately.

"I have 100 per cent confidence in Fran," Nelsen said. "We have known each other for over 10 years, we think very similar in terms of style and how we want to play.

"He has a UEFA Pro Licence, coached over 25 years and I know that when I am not there Fran will lead the ship 100 per cent with the fantastic staff that already exists.

"Pre-season has already been planned, every session, and I know if I am not there I have a 100 per cent full faith in the coaching staff."

Nelsen cemented his position as an important member of QPR's defence, as he helped Rangers keep a clean sheet on Saturday as they drew 0-0 with high-flying Tottenham at Loftus Road.

Despite his age and based on his recent performances, it's understandable that Redknapp wants to keep the former New Zealand international at the club for as long as possible.

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