Diakite signs permanent QPR deal

Press Conference QPRQPR have announced the permanent signature of African midfielder Samba Diakite on a four-year deal.

The Mali international moves to Loftus Road from French club Nancy, and expressed his delight at his long-term switch to England.

“It’s a dream come true to sign this contract,” he told the club’s official website.

“I loved my time here on loan and I couldn’t be happier to join QPR on a permanent deal.

“It’s a fantastic club to play for and the owners have great plans for the future – I am just delighted to be part of it,” he beamed.

Mark Hughes is also glad to have tied up a permanent deal for Diakite, and feels that the player will be important for Rangers in 2012-13.

“He’s a very accomplished footballer and he’s made to measure for the Premier League.

“He’s got good pace, strength and ability on the ball and he’s going to be a great asset for us going forward. There’s still so much more to come from him.”

By Gareth McKnight

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