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Mbia: I thought QPR played in Scotland

Mbia: I thought QPR played in Scotland

Stephane Mbia (OM)

The versatile Cameroon international has explained how his move to London came about and admitted that Hoops manager Mark Hughes "did not really know" much about him.

QPR midfielder Stephane Mbia has admitted that he thought his new club played in Scotland before he completed his 6.2 million euro move from Marseille.

"I thought they were a Scottish club. Marseille needed the money. So I thought why not if it is for their good and mine, but I would never have thought of coming here," Mbia told L'Equipe.

Mbia left Ligue 1 for the Premier League to join fellow the likes of Ryan Nelsen, Jose Bosingwa and Julio Cesar at Loftus Road as manager Mark Hughes reshaped the London club. Mbia has revealed, however, that he knew little about the Hoops and that Hughes had only limited knowledge of what he could bring to the table.

"The manager knew my name and had seen me in the Champions League, but did not really know whether I was good or not," Mbia said.

Mbia, who can also play in defense, also elaborated on the differences in preparation at QPR compared to his experiences in France.

"There is only ­playing and very little tactics," he said. "We don’t ­really train in the week, we have rest days, but we haven't the right to mess up on match days."

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