Mauricio Isla reveals why he left Juventus for QPR

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Mauricio Isla signed for QPR on loan from Juventus.

The Chilean international departed Serie A in the summer to sign on a season-long loan with QPR, and he has told the Standard why he left the Italian club.

Since arrived at Juve in 2012, Isla has made just 29 appearances, but he has two Serie A titles to his name. He left the Italian giants for QPR, knowing that he would likely be fighting for relegation, but he has already made 20 appearances this term, and has proven to be a valuable part of the West London side.

However, questions have still been asked, especially with Juve on course to secure a another consecutive Serie A title. The 26-year-old may have remained a bit part player with the club, but he would have been all but guaranteed more silverware. Regardless, Isla himself has no complaints about moving to Loftus Road, and he told the Standard why he departed the Juventus Stadium over the summer.

“A lot has been said, especially back in Chile, about the decision I took to move to QPR,” the 57-capped international said. “They said it was the wrong decision and asked, ‘why would you leave a side like Juventus who are always fighting for trophies and go to a club just fighting relegation?’

“But I was convinced about my decision to come here. I just wanted to play and play Premier League football. I want to be here.”

If the club remain in the Premier League, there is a clause in Isla’s loan deal that allows the R’s to make the move permanent. Isla certainly seems keen to do such a thing, and he has admitted the team still need to improve if they intend to secure top flight survival.

He added: “As a team we need to improve further still in order to stay in the Premier League — that’s obviously what we want.

“We know we’re not the biggest team in the Premier League and that we have to work hard, but hopefully we can achieve our aim.”

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