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Tuesday 10 July 2012

QPR sign midfielder Park from Man Utd

South Korea star moves to Loftus Road after seven years at Old Trafford

Park Ji-Sung made more than 200 appearances in all competitions for Manchester United

Queens Park Rangers have swooped to sign South Korea midfielder Park Ji-Sung from Manchester United.

The 31-year-old midfielder has agreed a two-year deal with the Barclays Premier League club after signing for an undisclosed fee. "This is a real coup for QPR," said manager Mark Hughes, whose side narrowly avoided relegation last season.

He told the club's official website: "We are delighted Ji is going to join us because his record speaks for itself. He has been a big player for Manchester United and played a big part in their success in recent years.

"I think it's fair to say that Ji has been attracted not by where QPR are but where QPR are going"
- Mark Hughes

"He is hugely respected there because of what he has achieved, his application to his work and the impact he has on games. He was always picked for big matches because they could rely on him, and we are going to reap all those qualities.

"I think it's fair to say that Ji has been attracted not by where QPR are but where QPR are going. We were able to show him where we felt the club is going and he embraced it."

Park, who has become the second Manchester United player to join the west London club in the space of six days after defender Fabio joined on a season-long loan, spent seven successful seasons at United.

The former PSV Eindhoven player won the Premier League title on four occasions, lifted the League Cup three times and also enjoyed FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Champions League success. He has also scored in three successive FIFA World Cup finals tournaments.

"I am delighted to be here and be a QPR player," said Park. "QPR is a club with huge history and tradition and a great ambition to achieve at the very highest level.

"I am joining a club that is very much on the upward curve - a club that has a very bright future."

"This project was simply too good to resist and I am excited about getting started in pre-season, and going on our tour to Asia in the coming days."

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Key Points

  • QPR sign midfielder Park from Manchester United
  • South Korean makes the move to Loftus Road for undisclosed fee
  • Park, 31, agrees two-year deal with London club