Ji-Sung Park believes he will still be playing Premier League football for Queens Park Rangers next season, and insists he has no plans to retire just yet.
The South Korean left Manchester United for Loftus Road during the summer, but he has struggled to find the form which made him a popular figure at Old Trafford. And earlier this week, his father was quoted as saying that the midfielder would hang up his boots when his current contract expired at the end of next season.
However, Park has wasted little time in denying he has any plans to retire from the game just yet. Furthermore, he has vowed to continue to give his best for the Hoops, and revealed his belief that they will avoid relegation this term.
“My contract runs until next season and I have tried my best,” said the 32-year-old, who won four league titles during his time in Manchester. “We will stay in the Premier League so don’t worry about that. (I want to play on) for a couple more years (with QPR).”
With just eight matches remaining, Harry Redknapp’s side are seven points adrift of safety, although this will be eight if Wigan Athletic move out of the relegation zone by winning their game in hand. Worse still, their goal difference is worse than three of the other five sides battling the drop, and the same as joint-bottom Reading.
QPR resume their battle for survival when they travel to Fulham on Monday evening, and they also go to Everton and, potentially crucially, the Royals before the end of the month. Wigan travel to Loftus Road for another ‘six-pointer’ on 7 April, and a fortnight later, Tony Pulis and his Stoke City side pay a visit to the capital club.
Into the last month of the campaign and Redknapp’s team face two home matches in succession, against Arsenal and then Newcastle United. And on the final day of the season, they travel north to take on Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool.