Esteban Granero has officially joined Queens Park Rangers for four seasons on an undisclosed fee, the London based club has confirmed. Earlier Real Madrid confirmed they had agreed terms with Queens Park Rangers and it was now up to the player to pass medical and agree on personal terms.
Speaking on Granero, manager Mark Hughes said:
He is a great player, first and foremost. You don’t play at a club like Real Madrid if you’re not.
He has been there from the age of nine, so this has been a huge decision for him. He is very well regarded there and for him to leave a club of that stature to come to us shows the belief he has in what we are trying to do.
He has got great energy and is technically very gifted, as you would expect from a Real Madrid player. He is very comfortable on the ball and is an all-round excellent midfielder, which we will benefit from.
Granero on his part said:
I’m very happy to be here.
I love the passion of the English fans and from what I know QPR supporters are amongst the very best.
I think QPR will continue to grow as a club and I want to be part of a very bright future here.
When I spoke to Mark and Mike (Rigg), as well as Tony (Fernandes) I was convinced that I wanted to be part of this project, which has no limits.
I am delighted to be part of this exciting chapter in the club’s history. Players that have joined before me are as excited as I am about what QPR can become, one of the great teams in England.
He will wear number 14 at Loftus Road.
While I support Granero’s exit as he is talented enough to warrant playing week in, week out which wasn’t possible at Real Madrid, Queens Park Rangers are probably not the appropriate club for him. Despite signing decent players and having shown huge ambitions, they will probably remain a mid table club. A club where Granero is unlikely to play the big games such as the Champions League or be part of an all around fantastic squad.
It also reflects highly on the Madrid management who have decided to let go of another Canterano to play their trade elsewhere. A pattern we’ve seen emerge on many instances. To make it even more agonising and trivial is the fact that reportedly there was support for Granero to stay a few weeks back and it has all changed in the past few hours. We’ve seen it happen with Fernando Redondo, Claude Makelele, Fernando Hierro, Vicente Del Bosque as a coach, Fernando Morientes, Raul and Guti to name a few, who have all given their best for the club only to be shown out by the management. It is a sad state of affairs at the club and unfortunately, I don’t see it changing any time soon.