It’s Official: El Pirata To QPR

30 Aug

And may hellfire rain down upon whomever thought this was a great idea. Damn it all to hell. Arbeloa said it best on Twitter “I wish you the best my friend even though it’s less than you deserve. You don’t know how much we’ll miss you. ARGH. Exactly. He didn’t get to play yesterday which would have been an appropriate send off for someone who lives and breathes Madrid. He’s in West London having a medical right now. FFS! I’m very unhappy. But I bet he’s going to go to QPR, tear it up and be scooped up by one of the bigger clubs and go on to shine. My best to you Pirata, I adore you and you’ll always be a part of this blog.  Wanna really be upset? Check out this picture of our happy Madridismo filled boy posted awhile back on Twitter:

On days like this it’s hard to Let Go & Let Mou. He’s gotta have a plan, he must, but this really hurts. I’m hoping that there’s a buy back clause in that contract (it happened before, it can happen again). Pirata deserves to play and it’s not fair for him to warm the bench.

– Weepy Lozil, cuing up “I Will Always Love You”

37 Responses to “It’s Official: El Pirata To QPR”

  1. suzanne August 30, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    I….I just…I mean…NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Who the hell thought this was a good idea. I’m in mourning for the rest of the day now. Seriously…just no!

  2. GoonerKate August 30, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    This is the worst. I’m so sad! My only comfort, as an Arsenal fan, is that he didn’t go to Tottenham. But still. This is unacceptable.

    • dreamsequence August 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

      My thoughts exactly on the Spuds. But QPR? He’s better than that.

  3. Sveva August 30, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    Yes it’s definitely less than he deserves, but maybe at this point anything is better than staying in Madrid, Mou clearly showed that he doesn’t count on him (so unfair, I really liked how Madrid played when he was in the starting 11).
    I’m happy to read that he will always be a part of the blog, thank you!

    • mari August 30, 2012 at 10:46 am #

      I agree! Real played well when he’s in the starting XI because they keep the ball more! Ball possession has always been our problem against the bigger teams. His inclusion solves that. Özil is even more effective with him (pirata) around because the former doesnt have to drop deep to retrieve the ball from xabi etc.. He may have a little problem defensively but Pirata >>>>>>> Lass ANYDAY!!! So it baffles me that he is the one leaving! How could they let him leave?!

  4. Andrea August 30, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooo! I’m really going to miss seeing our favorite hipster. He is a Madridista through and through, so it will be strange seeing him with QPR…but I hope he does very well and shows the world what he’s made of. The silver lining? We’ll get to hear him speak more English! 😀

  5. Christine August 30, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    It’s really sad and I guess it wasn’t an easy step for him to leave the club of his heart. But he is definitely too good to only warm the bench. I wish him all the best and hopefully he returns one day and gets what he deserves. Arbeloas tweet brouhgt a little tear to my eye and now “I will always love you” is stuck in my head.

    • Nooria August 30, 2012 at 11:23 am #

      Nooooooo!! No more pirate celebrations, no more coffee pics, no more hipster songs, no more EL PIRATA!!! Wah :'((((
      He embodied the meaning of being a Madridista, and is waaaay too good for lowly QPR! This transfer window is slowly becoming one of the worst for me 😦

  6. shiggers August 30, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    So now we’re stuck with Xabi as the only one even vaguely representing Williamsburg on RM? I…I have to go take increasingly sad pics of a coffee beverage now. What a dreadful way to start the day.

  7. mari August 30, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    Fuck off Mou! Yeah, i blame him!!! I think if Pirata is part of his plans, he’ll convince him to stay, he’ll be given more chances! But hey lets give it to Lass who offers absolutely nothing! Mou apparently is the ONLY ONE who cant see what Pirata is capable of if given more quality playing time!!! Argghh… Im really pissed!!!

    Goodluck my hipster pirate! I know you’ll do well. You may wear a different jersey but you’ll always be a madridista! ❤

    ok crying now…T.T

    • Anonymous August 30, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

      I’m just as disappointed about Pirata leaving but seriously, what is with all the Lass hate?

  8. canadanata August 30, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    Snif snif, sad day

  9. mygypsyspirit August 30, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    I don’t get it. I really, really don’t get. I know I said I was trying to let go and trust Mourinho. But… I’m too tired to not cry. I wish I was kidding…

  10. panama August 30, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    I’m super disappointed. Such a shame! Not only that they let Pirata go, but also that they didn’t send him to a stronger club. I just hope he’ll shine there and prove his greatness, he deserves it!
    But hey, at least he’ll be reunited with Mata in London – I’m grasping at straws here…!

  11. Tali August 30, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    I refuse to believe this. Of all shit that ever happened to football and transfers at Real Madrid, this is the most painful thing ever. God, I love him so much and his deduction to Real, I could quote now everything he has ever said about his home, Madrid, but for what use? I broke out in tears when I read it and after 20 minutes I still can’t do anything about it.

    Of all the players, he deserved it the most to win La Decima with Real Madrid.
    El Pirata, Esteban Felix Granero Molina, I love you and I’ll always do. Siempre Real.

    *crying Tali*

  12. GinaM August 30, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    😥 If I wasn’t at work it would be one of those curl up in blanket and don’t leave the house kind of day…

    My madridista heart can’t take anymore transfers. My new team to watch Liverpool and QPR, and Santos too if that’s where Kaka goes 😥

    BIG HUG to all the madridistas!

  13. drea August 30, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I’m sure there’s a buy-back clause. There must be, right? Right?!? Hasn’t he been with RM since he was 8? I’m sure they’ll want the option to get him back after all the years of training, even from just a pure investment perspective. I’m happy (well, at least I’m trying REALLY hard to be) that he’ll be getting more playing time, but I think I would’ve felt better if they’d sent him to Spurs or another club with better prospects. Ugh, now that it’s official, I can’t help but tear up again…

    • GinaM August 30, 2012 at 10:38 am #

      The QPR site said it was a permanent buy 😦

      • GinaM August 30, 2012 at 10:47 am #

        QUEENS Park Rangers have reached agreement with Real Madrid for the permanent transfer of midfielder Esteban Granero.

      • drea August 30, 2012 at 10:48 am #

        Damn. 😦 But, it’s QPR. 5 years? In those ridiculous uniforms? Then again, a pirate in stripes… Yes, I know I’m tearing up the cloud looking for the silver lining.

      • drea August 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

        Wait, there’s a buy-back option! 😀

  14. Phédre August 30, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    This makes me so sad. Why not sell Lass instead? El Pirata is a blanco in heart and soul, he can’t leave!

  15. Anna August 30, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    noooooooooooooo :(!!!!!!!!!!

  16. black widow August 30, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    (i’m so upset by this, i’m breaking my cardinal rule of never, ever posting at work!)

    fuck. seriously … that’s all i can say. really, mou, you want to keep LASS and let granero go? to a lesser club than he deserves? and you don’t even let him play a farewell match in the supercopa (i know why, in case he got injured and QPR rescinded their offer. but it still burns.)? we have such little truly home-grown talent, and here is a boy who bleeds white and has done since childhood and that clearly means nothing. when he plays, he plays with his heart and soul, and okay, fine he may not be a starting XI, but as i said in my other post — they can’t ALL be superstars. you need some depth on the bench and utility players. on the one hand, i know he deserved more playing time and at QPR he will be a superstar and probably start more … but on the other hand, it’s at a second rate club. he deserves to shine. the whole thing just sucks. i’m gutted. truly. 😦 arbeloa said it best. no bueno, mou.

  17. CinematiqueChic August 30, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    I’m so sad right now. But we all know Esteban is and always will be madridista. No matter what shirt he is wearing, he’s blanco in his heart. I know I’ll continue to love him anywhere he goes and I sincerely hope that QPR is just a step onto bigger and better things. He deserves to play, to be appreciated. Buenas suerte Pirata!

  18. Haleigh August 30, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    Seriously so sad! All of the team loved him and you could tell that he really loved the club. Especially since he had grown up going to the Bernabeu! I hope he actually gets some playing time at QPR. Wasn’t fair for him to do all of the training and not get to play except for the preseason games in the US.

  19. Manie August 30, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    Doesn’t sit right with me that lass, who openly wanted to leave but couldn’t find anyone to pay him, stays and el pirata, who is better than lass and has the spirit and love of our crest that we adore, has to leave. Mou I am not happy.

  20. M August 30, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    I’m angry and crying right now. He didn’t deserve to be treated so badly. But then, don’t we always treat out players like shit once we are done with them? /bitter

  21. Ally August 30, 2012 at 1:08 pm #


  22. jellyace August 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    No no no noooooooooooooo! That is so wrong. He is the most Madridista! Can’t imagine our Pirata and Joey Barton in the same team. QPR will not nurture his sensitive hispter sensibilities! Arrrrrrghhhh! Pirata QUEDATE!

    • drea August 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

      Apparently, we should have been tweeting and tumblring Pirata, not Pipita, Quedate all this time. Who would have seen this coming? I thought he was meant to be an RM lifer/legacy.

  23. Svfya August 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm #


  24. Bombay Talkies (@BombayTalkies) August 30, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    I like Esteban but I can’t get too upset over this. He wasn’t a starter. He wasn’t a top player for the club. He probably would have been gone earlier if not for the rule about a team having to have four academy players on it at any one time. As soon as Morata got called up I had a feeling Pirata would be out. At least now he’s going somewhere where he’ll get some quality playing time and can make an impact, rather than being best remembered (at least by me) as the guy who committed two really stupid fouls in two consecutive games which ended up costing us more than half of our ten point lead at the end of last season.

    And I can’t take all of this Lass hate. That boy works his ass off every chance he gets and rarely gets any recognition (or love) in return. He’s sharp on the ball and has far more of an impact on the pitch than Esteban has in the last season.

    I know most of these reactions here are emotional (like the ‘fuck you Mou’–seriously, come on now) but this sport is a business, as much as we may not like it from time to time. Weaker players get sold.

    • jellyace August 31, 2012 at 12:01 am #

      You sound very much like the voice of reason.

      • Bombay Talkies (@BombayTalkies) August 31, 2012 at 12:42 am #

        Well my voice of reason would go hoarse from crying if it were my beloved Mesut being sold, but I try to be practical…

        I think if you’re serious about your career then you have to take whichever opportunity comes around that allows you the most playing time. Esteban can’t do anything for us from the bench, and he can’t do anything for himself from that position either. A few seasons at a smaller club where he can be a Big Fish so to speak will do him a world of good. He’s a great kid and I think this is a practical move for him.

        • jellyace August 31, 2012 at 9:10 am #

          This sport forces you to be mercenary in order to advance. But being able to play well in any team is what makes a player a professional. I may not like it but that’s how it is.

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