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Yoann Barbet signs for QPR

QPR have completed the signing of 26-year-old centre-back Yoann Barbet.

The Frenchman joins on a free transfer following the expiry of his contact with Brentford.

After agreeing a three-year deal with the R’s, Barbet told www.qpr.co.uk: “I am really excited for this new challenge.

“QPR is a massive club with a big history so I am really happy.

“I will give everything. I am a really passionate player so as soon as I am on the pitch I give everything.

“I try to lead the team and to help other players, to make them confident. I will do my best to help them in a good way and the team to do as best as possible.”

Barbet also praised his new gaffer, Mark Warburton, admitting: “The manager made the difference for me. When you have a manager who wants you it is always good.”

Warburton, who signed Liam Kelly and Lee Wallace last week, is delighted with the capture of Barbet, adding: “I am really pleased with the quality of the players we have brought in, in terms of their characters on and off the pitch.

“Yoann is someone who knows the division well, having made more than 100 appearances for Brentford.

“He has displayed his attributes in that time and is a natural left-sided defender so I am delighted to have him join us.

“He is a technically outstanding player. He never hides from the football, he has quality distribution and he has presence on the pitch.”

Warburton had left Brentford before Barbet moved to Griffin Park in 2015, but applied the personal touch to ensure the defender chose QPR over a number of alternative options.

“A lot of people wanted him,” Warburton admitted, “so I flew out to see him, and to speak with him and his agent.

“You have to do what you have to do in order to secure the move and it’s great to get it over the line.

“It was good to have a number of conversations with him because you get a sense of what he wants out of his football career and what he is looking for in terms of a challenge.

“I am looking forward to working with him.”

 

I am a really passionate player so as soon as I am on the pitch I give everything.

Yoann Barbet
Our new recruit shakes hands with boss Mark Warburton