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Captain contender: Mark Hughes eyes Ji-Sung Park to replace Joey Barton after star leaves Manchester United

By Mancunian Matters staff

Mark Hughes is contemplating making Ji-Sung Park QPR’s captain after signing the winger from his former side Manchester United.

The 31-year-old South Korean joined for an undisclosed fee after ending his seven-year spell with the Reds.

Park agreed a two-year deal with Rangers and Hughes claimed that he is contention to take the armband after Joey Barton was stripped of his captaincy.

“Ji will come into my thinking in terms of a new captain for the club,” he said.

“I’ll have to see who steps up and who is a natural fit for it. I’m sure people will want the role and to show me they are the right for it and that includes Ji.

“But we’ve got other guys as well with experience, Djibril Cisse is a Champions League winner so we have good characters in the dressing room who could take on the mantle.”

Barton was banned for 12 games and fined six weeks wages by the London club, who narrowly avoided relegation last season, after clashing with three Manchester City players on the final day of the campaign.

The controversial player was sent off for elbowing Carlos Tevez, he then kicked out at Sergio Aguero and aimed a headbutt at Vincent Kompany.

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