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Tuesday 03 July 2012

Man Utd's Fabio joins QPR on loan

Brazilian defender moves to Loftus Road for duration of 2012/13 campaign

Brazilian Fabio found first-team chances limited during his time at Manchester United

Queens Park Rangers have completed the signing of Brazilian defender Fabio on loan from Manchester United.

The 21-year-old has moved to Loftus Road for the duration of the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League campaign.

"QPR is a club with great history. I read about the history and that's why I'm here"
- Fabio

Fabio has made 53 appearances in all competitions for Man Utd, but his best position is left-back and he has struggled to dislodge Frenchman Patrice Evra at Old Trafford.

"I'm so happy to be here," Fabio told QPR's official website. "This loan is so important for me in terms of my career. I want to play as many games as possible, play well and win games.

"It's a good move for my career and for my confidence. [Man Utd boss] Sir Alex Ferguson said that I'd enjoy it here and told me to play as many games as I can.

"I know that QPR is a club with great history. I read about the history and that's why I'm here. I also came here because I'm ambitious. I want to help QPR progress up the Premier League.

"Hopefully the fans will enjoy watching me in action, because I'll do my best."

Great opportunity

QPR manager Mark Hughes, who used to play under Ferguson at Man Utd, says he is delighted to add Fabio to previous summer signings Andrew Johnson, Ryan Nelsen, Robert Green and Samba Diakite.

"It's a great opportunity for us to loan a good, young player, who has decent experience of playing for a top club," said Hughes.

"He's played a lot of senior games for United, so it shows the quality he's got. I know they think very highly of him and we believe he has all the attributes to be a success here next season.

"He's very versatile, he can play left or right-back and he's also been utilised in midfield by Sir Alex in the past, so we know what we're getting, and that's a very good player."

Ferguson added: "I think a year out at a good level playing every week will make Fabio a real top player for us."

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Key Points

  • QPR snap up Man Utd defender Fabio on loan
  • Brazilian moves to Loftus Road for 2012/13 season
  • Fabio delighted to join up with Mark Hughes' side