Rajiv Van La Parra has revealed he turned down the opportunity to return to the Championship with both QPR and Swansea City during the summer transfer window.
The winger – who has previously played in the Championship for Wolves, Brighton, Huddersfield and Middlesbrough – had been a free-agent following the expiration of his contract with Red Star Belgrade at the end of last season.
Both QPR and Swansea were linked with moves for the 29-year-old by reports from Voetbal International in his native Holland, and it now seems as though that interest was genuine.
Speaking in an interview with Spanish outlet Nueve Cuatrouno about that interest from the Championship duo, Van La Parra revealed: “I had a lot of options to sign for other teams, but I did not have a good vibes, and I am a person who bases everything on feelings.”
Now, Van La Parra has linked up with Spanish second-tier side Logrones, and explaining he reasons behind that move, he added: “With Logroñés, I had a really positive intuition, and that is why I signed my contract.
As things stand, Logrones sit tenth in the Spanish second-tier table, with 17 points to their name from 11 league games, and Van La Parra could make his debut for the club when they travel to Tenerife on Sunday evening.
This is an interesting one.
You imagine there are more than a few people associated with QPR and Swansea, who might be interested to know exactly what Van La Parra is referring to with his “good vibes” observation.
Given his experience in the Championship, the winger could also have been a useful squad player for one of these sides this season, given the likely need to rotate with such a heavy schedule.
However, he was never really massively prolific at this level, so he may not be the biggest miss for either or these two.