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Park dispels retirement rumours

QPR midfielder Park Ji-Sung has distanced himself from rumours that he plans to retire at the end of next season.

The 32-year-old has hardly been a permanent fixture in the QPR first 11 during an injury hampered season, and has failed to find the net since his close-season switch from Manchester United.

But when quizzed on his plans to retire, Park responded that he plans to continue playing for another few years. The South Korean also reaffirmed his commitment to stay at Loftus Road.

“My contract runs until next season and I have tried my best. (I’ll keep playing for) a couple more years. We will stay up and still be in the Premier League so don’t worry about that,” he told Open All R’s.

“We still have eight games and everyone knows we still have a chance. (The squad) have to be together until the end of the season to get out of this situation and we still believe we can do that.”

Park also insisted that he had no hard feelings over manager Harry Redknapp’s decision to replace him as captain after his three-month spell on the sidelines.

“It’s not a big thing for me,” he said. “It wasn’t something I felt I had to do, I was happy to do it for the club. (Redknapp) explained he wanted to change the atmosphere, it was his decision and I accept that.

“He’s motivated the players to work 100 per cent on the pitch and given us the confidence to play and believe we can (win matches) in the future.”

Wed 27 March, 2013
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