QUEENS Park Rangers Football Club is pleased to announce the signing of Cameroon international Stephane Mbia.
The versatile Mbia – who can play in either defence or midfield – has signed a two year-deal in W12, after Rangers agreed an undisclosed fee with French side Olympique de Marseille for his services.
M’Bia was born in the Cameroonian capital of Yaounde and began his career at the Kadji Sports Academy when he was 17 years-old.
He later signed for French outfit Rennes in 2004, scoring his first goal in professional football two years later against Lyon, before joining Marseille in 2009.
He has represented his country 36 times, scoring on three occasions.
Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, R’s boss Mark Hughes said: “Stephane is a very good player, and is another who can play in a number of positions.
“He is very adept as a defensive midfielder but he has been regularly playing at centre back so we have got another player who can add to the flexibility of the squad.
“He is a big, strong guy with a strong mentality. He wants to win and is the type of player I want at the club.
“We have been talking about getting a centre back and he is in my mind for that role, but he is just as adept in midfield and I wouldn’t have any worries about playing him in either position.”
Mbia expressed his delight at the move, commenting: “It was an easy decision because this is an important move for my career.
“It has always been a dream of mine to play in the Premier League, which I believe is the best league in the world.
“The ambitions of the club and what the board of directors and the manager want to achieve here excites me greatly.
“I am so happy and enthusiastic about what the future holds here and can’t wait to be part of this exciting project.”
Mbia will wear the number 40 shirt at Loftus Road.