Video: Massimo Luongo reveals why he chose QPR over Premier League clubs

Massimo Luongo

The promising Australian midfielder said the Tottenham connection played an important part in him choosing QPR over Premier League sides.

New QPR signing Massimo Luongo has revealed what made him choose QPR when he left Swindon Town on Thursday, in an interview on the Hoops' official website.

Luongo clearly trusts those that helped him through the Spurs academy, several of whom are now plying their trade at Loftus Road, with Chris Ramsey particularly important in the Australian's development, after he signed on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

"The big thing was the opportunity," admitted the 23-year-old on the R's website.

"I sat down with the manager [Chris Ramsey] and where he wants the club to go, and how he wants me to be involved in the club attracted me.

"Obviously I worked with the manager before at Tottenham, and that makes me even more comfortable for me to come here."

"I'm coming in and I'm already comfortable with the way he plays."

The former Spurs youngster also admitted that the chance of regular football was important.

"Regular football is part of the reason as to why QPR attracted me," he added. "I'm at my best when I'm playing week-in week-out."

Ramsey had played a prominent role in the Tottenham academy until he, Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand left at the end of last season.

Sherwood's own appreciation and relationship with the player meant that Aston Villa had been closely linked with a bid by sources such as ESPN, while Spurs themselves had the ability to re-sign Luongo for just £400k.

However, Ramsey's presence in West London, as well as the likes of Ferdinand, and Kevin Bond, seems to have swayed Luongo into stepping up the football ladder gradually in order to ensure maximum playing time, rather than leaping back to the Premier League with Villa, Spurs or any other top flight club, where he may well have struggled for minutes.

Luongo has scored 6 times and provided 9 assists as Swindon fell just short of promotion to the Championship with their playoff final loss to Preston. He has previous experience at Championship level after making 9 appearances in a loan spell at Ipswich in 2012-13.

He will be likely be making many more next season.

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