Ravel Morrison is determined to shake off the bad boy reputation which he fears is being played up to the hilt as his every move is watched.
The Irons midfielder has been at the centre of various alleged bust-ups and has had enough of the media hype campaign.
Sources close to the player have complained bitterly to claretandhugh at the “trumped up story” of an alleged row between himself and England under-21 manager Garaeth Southgate.
This came during the recent England under-21 international against Wales when he was reported as having stormed down the tunnel after being subbed following a “sulky” handshake with manager Gareth Southgate the 67th minute.
In fact there was nothing sulky about the greeting at all and a source close to the player described the report as “typical of the nonsense the kid has to put up with.”
He told us exclusively: “There had been an agreement between the pair before the game that as Rav hadn’t have many matches recently he would get an hour of the action and he agreed that would suit him perfectly.
“It was all pre-arranged with Gareth and the handshake was just a typical gesture between player and manager but once again it was completely misrepresented in the media.
“Rav is no problems at all right now and it’s important these various witch hunts against him stops. He can become the greatest player in the world but he needs support – not this sort of hindrance.”
The media whipped up a storm when pictures of the midfielder emerged with what looked like – but clearly was not – a ‘reefer’ in his hand on the QPR bench.
Our source said: “He’s happy and content at QPR under Harry Redknapp and needs to be left alone by outside influences.”