Manchester United agree sale of Park Ji-Sung to Queens Park Rangers



By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor 



Park (pictured) made 100 caps for his county South Korea, whom he captained, before announcing his retirement from international football last year


Queens Park Rangers have agreed a deal to sign midfielder Park Ji-sung from Manchester United.

The transfer fee is understood to be in the region of £5 million as the 31-year-old had another year left on his contract, which he extended last summer. The length of the contract is yet to be confirmed.

The South Korea international has made 133 Premier League appearances for United since joining the club from PSV Eindhoven in 2005, scoring 19 goals. He won four Premier League titles and the Champions League during his seven-year stay at Old Traffford however he did not feature in the Champions League final win on penalties over Chelsea in Moscow. In addition, he started the Carling Cup final win over Aston Villa in February 2010 as well as both Champions League final defeats to Barcelona in recent years. Also in his collection are three League Cups winners medals, the FIFA Club World Cup success from 2008-09 and two FA Community Shield victories.

"Park Ji-Sung is someone I've admired for many years," QPR manager Mark Hughes said. "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 as a club and it's going to really help where I want to take the team and where the clubs wants to go as a whole."

Park captained Manchester United for the first and only time last season during their Europa League Last 16 2nd leg home defeat to Ajax. His last match for the club was the huge Manchester derby in the Premier League against neighbours Manchester City on 30th April. Last season, Park was limited to 17 league appearances netting twice- in a 5-0 victory over Wigan in December and also firing as a substitute in the thumping 8-2 victory over Arsenal in August. He was also on target when the Red Devils were dumped out of the FA Cup at the hands of Liverpool in the fourth round stage in January at Anfield.

Throughout the 2011-12 campaign, Park reached the milestone of his 200th United appearance as a replacement for Rafael Da Silva in the 3-3 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in February.

After beginning his professional career with Japanese side Kyoto Purple Sanga, Park impressed during his nation's run to the World Cup semi-finals in 2002, when they were co-hosts. Such performances saw him follow national team coach Guus Hiddink to PSV Eindhoven, where he played for three years before making a £4 million move to Old Trafford, becoming a reliable wide option for boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Click here to watch press conference with Mark Hughes & Park Ji-Sung


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