Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Ji-sung content to park up at Loftus Road next season

New boy: midfielder Park Ji-sung shows off his new Queen's Park Rangers shirt with manager Mark Hughes
New boy: midfielder Park Ji-sung shows off his new Queen's Park Rangers shirt with manager Mark Hughes

Park Ji-sung admits it was a tough decision to leave Manchester United after joining QPR — but believes it is time for a “new challenge”.

The 31-year-old South Korea international has brought his successful seven-year spell at Old Trafford to an end by joining Rangers for an undisclosed fee, which is believed to be upwards of £2million.

Park, signed by Sir Alex Ferguson from PSV Eindhoven in 2005, made 203 appearances for United, scoring 27 goals and winning four Premier League titles, three League Cups and the Champions League in 2008.

But the midfielder has opted to move to Rangers, who only escaped relegation on the final day of last season, despite other offers from England, Europe and the Far East.

“It was a very difficult decision, it's hard to leave such a big club, but QPR showed me what they are trying to be,” he said. “It is time for a new challenge.

“QPR want to be a bigger club, they want to improve and it's a great challenge.

“It was a difficult decision but they have great players and they are hungry to get to the next level. It's not about the money.

“I am joining a club that is very much on an upward curve, a club that has a very bright future.

“The manager Mark Hughes has a proven track record at Premier League level and I am looking forward to working with him and the rest of the squad to help take the club to the next level.”

Park is Rangers' sixth signing of the summer, joining Ryan Nelsen, Andrew Johnson, Robert Green, Samba Diakite and former Old Trafford team-mate Fabio at Loftus Road as Hughes attempts to avoid a repeat of last season's struggles.

The ambitious west Londoners also claim that his signing will “put the QPR brand on a global scale”, heading up their attempts to break into the Asian market.

Hughes said: “On a football level Ji is someone I have admired from afar for years.

“He wore the red shirt of Manchester United in a distinguished way and he will bring a great deal to the team, I can't wait to start working with him.

“Ji is a motivated guy, he feels there is success ahead of him, he ticks every box. It's a very exciting time for QPR.

“He's very adept in a number of positions.

“What he brings to the team is technical ability, a huge work ethic and a winning mentality.

“He understands what it takes to win trophies and to win matches, and I want to take that from Ji and pass it to the rest of the team.

“I said at the end of the season we didn't want to be in the same position next season and I stand by that, we are in a better place now.”

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