After serving 7 years for Manchester United, Ji-Sung Park has moved to Queens Park Rangers for a reported £2.5m move.
Park is manager Mark Hughes’ sixth summer capture, joining Ryan Nelsen, Andy Johnson, Rob Green, Samba Diakite and former Old Trafford team-mate Fabio at Loftus Road, London.
The ambitious club also claim his signing will “put the QPR brand on a global scale”, heading up their attempts to break into the Asian market.
Rangers, promoted in 2011, only escaped relegation from the Barclays Premier League on the final day of last season and are determined to avoid a similar struggle next term.
Park leaves United after seven years, during which time he made 203 appearances and scored 27 goals, winning four Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008.
“On a football level Ji is someone I have admired from afar for years.
“He wore the red shirt of Manchester United in a distinguished way and he will bring a great deal to the team, I can’t wait to start working with him.
“Ji is a motivated guy, he feels there is success ahead of him, he ticks every box. It’s a very exciting time for QPR.
“I said at the end of the season we didn’t want to be in the same position next season and I stand by that, we are in a better place now.”
Park, who arrived in England from PSV Eindhoven in 2005, added:
“I know QPR want to improve and have ambitions to reach the next level and I will try my best to help.
“There were other offers but nothing compared to QPR.”
Speaking to the Manchester United Official Website, Ji Sung Park had these words to say:
“My time at United will last in my heart for the rest of my life,”
“It’s been a great privilege to be part of such a great team, to have won so much and to have played with special teammates and for the greatest manager in the game.
“I would like to thank everybody at the club who give their best every single day to put every player in the best condition to enjoy their football and achieve success.”
Park was a firm fans’ favourite at Old Trafford and his name was often sung loudly by United supporters, even when he wasn’t on the pitch.
“The fans have been fantastic to me and I will always remember them with great affection,” he said. “Now, I’m looking forward to giving everything for a new challenge at QPR, where I will bring all my ambition and spirit I have gathered at United. [Those qualities] will be with me forever.”
Photographs (C): Queens Park Rangers Official