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Rio Ferdinand pays tribute to Park after QPR move

The Manchester United defender has labelled his former teammate 'a real player's player' and emphasised his importance to the team's success in his seven years at the club

Rio Ferdinand has admitted he is sad to see Park Ji-Sung leave Manchester United, after the Korean joined QPR on a two-year deal.

Ferdinand labelled Park a vital member of the United squad, in recognition of seven years service for the Red Devils and Ferdinand insists the winger will be sorely missed.

"Ji's a fantastic player and a real players' player. He's been greatly appreciated by the other lads and the fans of our club over the years. He's been a great servant and never been any trouble," he told MUTV.

"He's just a real selfless player who has always played for his team-mates and he was part of a very successful period for the club.

"I'm sad to see him go because he's a really good lad as well - after three or four years he really came out of his shell and was one of the lads, making a lot of jokes. As I said I'm sad to see him go as he's a really nice guy."

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The defender also praised Park's work-rate and joked that he was not looking forward to facing him when the Red Devils meet the Hoops next season.

He added: "We'll have to try and get in his hotel room the night before we play them and make sure he doesn't sleep so he's not running around against us at a hundred miles an hour for the whole game!

"Ji is just a great player who is really appreciated by everyone in the squad."

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