Football: South Korean great Park Ji Sung back at PSV Eindhoven on loan

South Korea legend Park Ji Sung has returned to his former club PSV Eindhoven on loan, his current employers Queens Park Rangers said on Thursday, Aug 8, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 
South Korea legend Park Ji Sung has returned to his former club PSV Eindhoven on loan, his current employers Queens Park Rangers said on Thursday, Aug 8, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

LONDON (AFP) - South Korea legend Park Ji Sung has returned to his former club PSV Eindhoven on loan, his current employers Queens Park Rangers said on Thursday.

The 32-year-old only joined QPR from Manchester United a year ago as one of a number of high-profile new signings under then-manager Mark Hughes.

But like many of his fellow arrivals, he failed to impress at Loftus Road as QPR were relegated to the Championship.

Current boss Harry Redknapp has moved him on temporarily as he looks to reduce costs now that the west London outfit are no longer part of the money-spinning Premier League.

Already the likes of fellow high-earners Djibril Cisse - released on a free transfer and now at Kuban Krasnodar - Christopher Samba, sold back to Anzhi Makhachkala, and Adel Taarabt, loaned to Fulham, have been moved on.

Park played for PSV from 2003 to 2005 before some sparkling performances in the Champions League, notably against AC Milan, caught the eye of Alex Ferguson and earnt him a move to Old Trafford.

His arrival at the Philips Stadion comes at time when the Dutch Eredivisie club are undergoing a squad reconstruction of their own.

Kevin Strootman, Dries Mertens, Erik Pieters and Jeremain Lens have all left with coach Phillip Cocu bringing in Stijn Schaars, Santiago Arias, Florian Jozefzoon, Adam Maher, Karim Rekik and Jeffrey Bruma.

Park started his career at Kyoto Purple Sanga in Japan before heading to Europe.

He has been capped 100 times by South Korea, scoring 13 goals, and was part of the squad that reached the 2002 World Cup semi-finals on home turf.

He won four Premier League titles with Manchester United as well as the 2008 Champions League and three League Cups. Before that, he won two Dutch crowns with PSV and one Dutch Cup.