Loftus Road side stand firm on Moroccan playmaker.
QPR have announced that they will not sell their captain Adel Taarabt during the current transfer window.
The 22-year-old Moroccan playmaker was pivotal in helping Rangers win last season’s Championship and, with it, promotion to the Premier League.
Taarabt had been linked to numerous European clubs with Paris St Germain reportedly close to completing a deal.
However, a club statement said: “We are keen to build for the future and not sell one of our prized assets.”
Taarabt, who scored 19 goals last season, picked up the Football League Player of the Year award for his performances and, as a consequence, speculation linking him with a move away from Loftus Road this summer grew.
But QPR’s majority shareholders Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore have now blocked any move.
Their statement continued: “Despite receiving a substantial bid for our Moroccan international, we rebuffed all approaches.
“Taarabt is fully committed to the club and our decision not to sell him only serves to reiterate the ambition and commitment we have both shown to QPR since we arrived here.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
It had seemed that former Tottenham man Adel Taarabt was heading for PSG, who are now bankrolled by The Qatar Foundation and have Leonardo at the helm, but now QPR have wisely decided against selling their most prized possession.
It would be no exaggeration to state that without the Moroccan at the Loftus Road the West London side would not have made it back into the Premier League and had they sold the 22 year old then Neil Warnock’s chances of preventing QPR from making an instant return to the Championship would be very slim.
Taarabt was named the Championship Player of the Year last season, netting 19 goals and assisting another 16. One wonders how the playmaker will take this decision, especially as the Super Hoops had stated they were not willing to offer the one times Lens man a new improved contract, one would imagine they may well give in to those demands to keep the talented youngster happy.