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Barbet: Mark Warburton was the key

NEW signing Yoann Barbet says that manager Mark Warburton was one of the key factors in his decision to join QPR.

The French defender – who has spent the last four seasons at Brentford – attracted a lot of interest after he announced that he would be leaving the Bees at the end of the season.

QPR ultimately won the race for his signature on Tuesday evening and Barbet has explained why the new R’s boss was so important to that.

“The manager made the difference for me,” the 26-year-old said. “I have been talking to him since he joined the club and, when you have a manager who wants you, it is really important.”

During their discussions, Warburton offered to fly out to France and meet Barbet at his home.

“That meant a lot and made a big difference,” Barbet said. “I didn’t expect him to come and see me so when he said ‘do you want me to come over?’ I was a bit surprised in a positive way.

“I’ve never heard that happen before, so I was not shocked but really pleased. I was talking to my agent and said he was coming to see me.

“He landed at 2pm and then left at 5pm – so was only with me for three hours – but it meant a lot. After that, I had to come to QPR because that was a big point for me.”

Barbet joined Brentford shortly after Warburton left the Bees. Although he hasn’t played under the now-R’s boss before, he believes that he knows a lot about him.

He said: “I didn’t know him before I joined Brentford. I know he did a really good job there and when I spoke to the players he’s been with they all said he is a good manager who plays good football.

“That’s why I wanted to come to England as well and having a team that plays football is great. I think having Mark Warburton as a manager will suit me.”

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He landed at 2pm and then left at 5pm and it meant a lot.

Yoann Barbet
A ball-playing centre-back, Barbet can also play at left-back
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