Queens Park Rangers completed £9 million with Real Madrid to sign Esteban Granero. We take a closer look at the midfielder who who could become the Hoop's inspiration and look at another new-signing's ambitions for his new club.
From the age of eight, Eseban Granero was at Real Madrid but only ever played for the reserve teams and in 2007, he was loaned out to Getafe before making the move permanent a year later.
Then in 2009, Madrid took advantage of their buy-back option and brought the player back to the Bernabeu but the playmaker has never really been able to secure a place in the first-team.
The 25-year-old has also been a target for Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool he has moved the West London club, subject to a medical and agreeing personal-terms.
Granero is keen on playing regular football after being frustrated with his first-team opportunities at Real Madrid. There is no doubt that he will be offered this at Loftus Road and Mark Hughes is said to want him to become the main playmaker in his midfield.
Although the chances for Granero at Real Madrid were minimal, he did manage to impress and is highly regarded in Spain. Last season, Granero made a total of 28 appearances in all competitions for Madrid but is yet to feature this term.
Granero's experience of playing in the Champions League will be more than useful for QPR as will his time spent playing and training with Real's array of stars during his time in the Spanish capital. He will join the likes of Julio Cesar and new R's captain, Park Ji-Sung and like these two, Granero is a winner, having won the La Liga last season and the Copa del Rey the year before, as well as the UEFA under-19s European Championships in 2006.
If the move can be finalised then it really would be a big coup for the side who avoided relegation on the last day of last season as they look to consolidate their place in the Premier League this time around.
These are sure exciting times for QPR and one man who has recognised this is new signing, goalkeeper Julio Cesar. The Brazilian, former Inter Millan 'keeper has spoken of his desire to eventually finish in the top-four and one day win the Premier League with his new club and has used Manchester City as an example of how this dream - with the right backing- can become reality.
"It is possible. A few years ago nobody believed Manchester City would ever win the Premier League. So we have to dream. When you dream, things can happen. That's the reason I came here." Julio Cesar.
Cesar will be able to see just how far Rangers are away from the Premier League champions as they visit the Etihad on Saturday evening.
QPR fans, what do you make of yet another new-signing and how far can Mark Hughes' revolution take you?
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