QPR manager Harry Redknapp has criticised midfielder Adel Taarabt…
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has done a u-turn on midfielder Adel Taarabt, by insisting that he wants the player to help lead his side to Premier League survival.
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However, reports in the Daily Express reveal that Redknapp has refused to backtrack on his previous comments, which included branding the controversial Moroccan as ‘a liar’.
As the source explains, Redknapp’s spat with the Morocco midfielder was the most spectacular by-product of last week’s 3-2 home defeat by Liverpool. The Hoops gaffer accused Taarabt of being “three stone overweight” and the player soon hit back by criticising Redknapp.
Claims that the former West Ham and Tottenham manager rarely bothered to oversee training were fiercely rebuffed. But Redknapp insists he is still Taarabt’s biggest supporter and urged him to get fit enough to be picked.
He said: “The problem is that none of what he said was true. I’m out on that training ground every single day. Anyone who says I’m not out there every day, that is a lie. But I don’t hold grudges. I’ve always been a manager where people go ‘you do love a problem player’. Yes, I have.
“The big difference is the ones I’ve had before keep producing on the pitch. Adel needs to produce. He could be an incredible, incredible footballer for this football club. No one would be more pleased if he gets himself fit, gets back in the team, has a fantastic run, sticks two fingers up to me – I’d be delighted.
“I’ve brought coaches in here that think I’m off my head for sticking with him and trying to get him onside. They’d have bombed him out ages ago, but I haven’t. I love people with ability, I love people with talent. I just want him to get back to showing us what he can do.”
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