LONDON: South Korea forward Park Ji-Sung completed his move from Manchester United to Queens Park Rangers on Monday, saying it was the ambition of the London club that convinced him to join.
The 31-year-old signed a two-year deal, costing QPR £2 million though reports suggest his wages could take the deal to around £5 million in total. "Tony Fernandes (the chairman) and the Board are striving to accomplish big things at QPR and I wanted to be part of that," Park said in a statement on the official website.
Park made 133 appearances for United in seven years at the club but was persuaded to move by the lure of regular first-team football. "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. I am joining a club that is very much on an upwards curve -- a club that has a very bright future. The infrastructure is in place, with a new training ground and plans for a new stadium, for us to achieve in the short and long term. The manager 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 this Club to the next level."
QPR manager Mark Hughes said Park was a player he has "admired for many years". "He's got great energy and technical ability and will bring so much to the team. I can't wait to start working with him because every report we've had about him as a footballer and a person, he's top of the pile, very motivated and still feels he has success ahead of him. It's a significant signing for us and it's going to really help where I want to take the team and where the clubs wants to go as a whole."