QPR new boy: Mourinho chat convinced me to move

08:38 23 September 2012

Jose Mourinho thinks Arsenal are a force this season. Photo: PA

Jose Mourinho thinks Arsenal are a force this season. Photo: PA

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QPR new boy Esteban Granero has revealed that Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho convinced him to move to Loftus Road.

The 25-year-old Spaniard completed his switch from the Bernabeu to London last month, after speaking to the Portuguese boss, in a deal reported to be worth £9million.

“Jose thinks I’ve made the right decision – he thinks I am going to be happy here and that I will enjoy this league a lot,” Granero said.

“He also told me very good things about Queens Park Rangers and about our manager here, Mark Hughes. Jose said many good things about him.

“It is true that Mourinho helped me pick here.”

Granero also praised chairman Tony Fernandes as another factor for joining.

“Since I was young I knew I’d play in England. I always told my family that I would come here one day,” he explained.

“That time is now and I’m so happy to be here in a beautiful period for Queens Park Rangers. This club has a wonderful project – to grow and to become one of the best clubs in the UK.

“There were other clubs in England interested in me but the manager and the president at QPR gave me a lot of confidence by showing how much they wanted me.

“Of course, I’ve spent most of my life in Madrid, fighting for their cause. They’re one of the greatest clubs in the world so leaving was not easy.

“But it was a lot easier because of what was waiting here for me. I’m very excited about the challenge.”

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