Oct 21, 2012 at 4pm UK at ​Loftus Road
QPRQueens Park Rangers
Baines (2' og.)
Diakité (67'), Granero (90')
FT(HT: 1-1)
César (33' og.)
Pienaar (52')
Pienaar (61')

Juan Mata "encouraged" Esteban Granero to move to Queens Park Rangers

© PA Photos
Esteban Granero reveals that he joined Queens Park Rangers on the advice of Juan Mata and claims that QPR provide the "perfect challenge" for him.

Spanish midfielder Esteban Granero has revealed that Chelsea winger Juan Mata advised him to join Queens Park Rangers.

The 25-year-old left Real Madrid for QPR in the summer on a four-year contract and says that playing for the London club is "a perfect challenge" for him.

"He (Juan Mata) encouraged me to come here and had good words to say about Queens Park Rangers," said Granero.

"I was born in Madrid, grew up in Madrid and I had the chance to spend my whole life in Madrid," he added. "But I wanted to enjoy football, I have always been very competitive. I want to compete against myself — and the way to do that is to set yourself a great challenge.

"This (QPR) is a perfect challenge for me — this team, this club, this league, this country. It's a perfect fit from my point of view and with a big challenge like that I was always going to be happy."

QPR will host Everton at Loftus Road in the Premier League on Sunday.

Gary Cahill
Read Next:
Cahill happy for Terry to keep armband
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

1Manchester CityMan City23202167175062
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd23155348163250
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
8Leicester CityLeicester238783432231
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2367102941-1225
12Crystal Palace2367102133-1225
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2366111939-2024
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2365122131-1023
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2358101729-1223
18Stoke CityStoke2355132350-2720
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom23310101830-1219
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account