Loftus Road flair player now a Nou Camp target.
Adel Taarabt has pledged his future to QPR – despite interest from Barcelona and Russian moneybags Anzhi Makhachkala.
But the Morocco midfielder, who kick-started Rangers’ relegation fight with both goals in the win over Fulham on Saturday, insisted he plans to defy boss Harry Redknapp by going to the Africa Cup of Nations.
Taarabt, who played under Redknapp at Spurs, has previously caught the eyes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.
He put in an inspired display to give QPR their first win in 17 Premier League games this season on Saturday, and has now claimed that two of the biggest clubs in Europe now want to sign him next month.
“I have been told that the president of Anzhi and people from Barcelona have asked about me,” said the 23-year-old.
“But I have just signed a four-year contract with QPR, and the chairman Tony Fernandes has told me that he will not sell me.
“I don’t know what would happen if someone offered £20million for me. But I love the club and the fans, and they love me too.”
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Whilst there is no denying the ability Adel Taarabt possesses, and on his day the Moroccan international can be an absolute nightmare for even the best defence, it seems highly unlikely that Catalan giants Barcelona would be considering a move for the former Tottenham man.
The 23 year old has been in excellent form since Harry Redknapp’s arrival at Loftus Road and could well be the type of player who can help drag the West London side to safety but all too often the tricky attacker can vanish from view and has the type of temperament that can be a struggle for some manager’s to deal with. Barcelona obviously have a host of attacking talent that leads to the likes of Alexis Sanchez, David Villa, Cristian Tello and Pedro battling for a support role alongside Lionel Messi so quite why a move for Taarabt would be considered.
In many ways Taarabt appears to work best as a small fish in a proverbial big pond as he has at QPR. At Tottenham the youngster struggled for form and Redknapp gave the flair player little time to impress after an initial burst of action, this led to a loan move to the West London club that became a permanent switch in August 2010.
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