Park eager for QPR ‘challenge’
South Korea’s Park Ji-Sung left Premier League giants Manchester United for top-flight minnows Queens Park Rangers yesterday in a bid to get more first-team football.
The 31-year-old midfielder spent seven years at Old Trafford after arriving from Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.
Park helped United win four league titles, three League Cups and the 2008 Champions League but couldn’t quite nail down a first-choice spot in the Reds’ midfield.
QPR only avoided relegation on the final day of last season and Park said it had been tough to leave Manchester to join the west London side.
“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.”
Park, who signed for an undisclosed fee believed to be more than £2 million, received offers from leading clubs in England, Europe and Asia.
However, he decided to join a QPR side owned by the ambitious Tony Fernandes and managed by former United striker Mark Hughes.