'Phenomenon' Park signs for QPR

This is a huge signing for this football club, says Mark Hughes

Park Ji-sung: Has left Manchester United to sign for up-and-coming QPR

Queens Park Rangers have confirmed the signing of Park Ji-sung from Manchester United on a two-year deal.

The 31-year-old South Korea international has joined the Loftus Road club for an undisclosed fee after a seven-year stay with the Red Devils.

QPR's official website hailed the player as a "global phenomenon" as Mark Hughes attempts to strengthen the club having dodged Premier League relegation on the final day of last season.

"The project was simply too good to resist."

Park Ji-Sung

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And Hughes believes the signing is a significant one for the Hoops given Park's impressive record at Old Trafford - particularly in big games.

"This is a real coup for QPR," 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.


"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 the big matches because they could rely on him, and we are going to reap all those qualities.

"I think it is fair to say Ji has been attracted not to where QPR are, but where QPR are going.

"We were able to show him where the club is heading and he embraced it. Ji gets what we are trying to do. This is a huge signing for this football club."

Park echoed the sentiments about the direction the club are going and the 100-times capped midfielder is convinced QPR can become a force.

Park told QPR player: "The project was simply too good to resist and I am excited about getting started in pre-season and going on tour to Asia in the coming days.

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


QPR owner Tony Fernandes is much of the reason for that bright future and the enthusiastic investor was full of optimism about the signing.

"I am overjoyed and can't wait to see him in a QPR shirt," Fernandes added.

"Ji is a global star with a Champions League winner's medal to his name, and he is as excited about this move as we all are."

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"It shows our determination and our ambition to build this club.

"Ji is a global star with a Champions League winner's medal to his name, and he is as excited about this move as we all are."

Park was omitted from Sir Alex Ferguson's squad for the final of their 2008 UEFA Champions League success but collected a medal as a member of the 25-man squad.

But he did start in both the 2009 and 2011 finals in which United lost out to Barcelona and played more than 200 games for the club he joined from PSV Eindhoven in 2005.