Thursday, 31 March 2011

Chelsea linked with Taarabt interest

Chelsea Football Club are said to be interested in Adel Taarabt.

The Moroccan international failed to make the grade at Tottenham Hotspur, but he has been sensational since moving to Queens Park Rangers.

Taarabt is leading Neil Warnock’s side charge to the Premier League, and he has been named the Championship Player of the Year.

Although top-flight football looks certain to be on the Loftus Road agenda next season, Rangers could face a fight to keep hold of their star player.

Reports suggest the 21-year-old playmaker has caught the attention of Carlo Ancelotti, who is looking to add more flair to his Chelsea options in the summer.

Monday, 28 March 2011

QPR star delays new contract as United and Real Madrid circle


Adel Taarabt will discuss an improved deal at QPR – but may not put pen to paper until the end of the year.
Taarabt, who has two years left on his contract, has been named the Championship’s best player.
He is being monitored by a string of top clubs including Manchester United and Real Madrid, but the Moroccan is pledging his immediate future to Rangers because he enjoys working with boss Neil Warnock.

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Thursday, 24 March 2011

Rangers have no plans to extend Taarabt deal

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QPR won't be offering Championship Player of the Season Adel Taarabt a new contract at Loftus Road. The Moroccan international’s fabulous season came to a head when he was named Championship Player of the Season on Sunday, and the club’s leading scorer paid tribute to Neil Warnock.
However, the manager has no plans to extend Taarabt’s three-year deal.
“I can’t see that happening,” said Warnock. “Adel has been well taken care of at QPR, and there’s no need to do anything for the time being.”

Can Adel Taarabt become a world beater?

Can Adel Taarabt become a world beater?
Moving abroad to pursue your footballing dreams as a youngster can prove to be a difficult life choice. The language barrier, homesickness and having to adapt to a new culture is all part of the settlement process. However, after four years in English football it seems one of the country’s most coveted youngsters is ready to take his game to the next level.

Queens Park Rangers’ Adel Taarabt was voted the Npower Championship Player of the Year on Sunday evening – an award that merits the performance of a player who looks ready to showcase his talents at a higher level.


With little more than a week to go before voting closes, the race for the title of ESPN Fans' Player of the Month in the npower Championship is hotting up nicely.
R's flamboyant midfielder Adel Taarabt - this week named Championship Player of the Year at the Football League awards is a serious contender.
But the likes of Danny Graham, Nicky Maynard, Jonny Howson and Grant Holt are putting up quite a fight for our last monthly prize of the season.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Sky Sports: Taarabt&Warnock


npower Championship Player of the Year Adel Taarabt has reiterated his desire to stay at QPR for the long-term.
Taarabt, who scooped the prestigious crown at a glitzy awards bash in London on Sunday night, has constantly been linked with a move away from Loftus Road, but the R's skipper revealed in no uncertain terms where his future lies.
"I want to help take this Club to the Premier League," he toldQPR Player, in an exclusive interview to be viewed later today (Tuesday).
"I want to stay at QPR and play for Neil Warnock.
"I think as long as he is here I will be here too."
Taarabt, whose 15 goals and 15 assists have made him the stand-out performer in the second tier so far this season, added: "I'm very happy to win this award.
"This award is for me, my team-mates, the fans and the Club in general.
"The fans have been fantastic for me. I feel really close to them. I have never had this kind of support."

Rangers captain Taarabt's grief after cousin is shot dead in Marseille

Top Ranger: Taarabt has been given leave after a family tragedy
Top Ranger: Taarabt has been given leave after a family tragedy
Championship player of the year Adel Taarabt was pulled out of Queens Park Rangers' victory at Doncaster on Saturday after being told his cousin had been shot dead. But the brave midfielder only agreed to miss the clash under orders from manager Neil Warnock.
Taarabt, 21, had received a phone call at 10.30am on Saturday informing him that the family member had been killed in Marseille. Despite being distraught at the news, the Rangers skipper insisted he wanted to play. 
But after a heart-to-heart with Warnock, whom Morocco star Taarabt has described as a father figure, he agreed to return to London. 
Warnock has told him not to return to England until Friday, April 1, so he can spend time with his grief-stricken family, but the player has still joined up with his international team-mates ahead of Morocco's clash with Algeria on Sunday.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Exclusive - Taarabt: 'God has brought Neil Warnock to me'

Adel Taarabt claims that Neil Warnock is a gift from God.
The QPR playmaker was named Championship Player of the Year at the Football League Awards on Sunday after an outstanding season.
The Moroccan has weighed in with 15 goals and 15 assists to send the Hoops within touching distance of the Premier League.
And he has put that fine form down to his manager, telling talkSPORT: "God has brought Neil Warnock to me. We have a fantastic relationship as I’m a very difficult guy to control and he can deal with me. I have not just found a home, I’ve found a family and to have a manager like this is fantastic.
“I’m a big character and want to be the best and all the tricks I try, I want them to come off. If I play badly I go home upset but people confuse the person and the footballer, I’m not a bad guy.”
Warnock’s men have one foot in the Premier League and Taarabt can’t wait to strut his stuff on the big stage.
“We have 8 more games and 4 wins will get us promoted but we want to win the league," added the 21-year-old. "He (Warnock) told me that he wants to take me to the Premier League. Before there was only Ronaldo here and the fans want to see entertainment.”

Warnock: Adel's our Talisman

Neil Warnock told that he was delighted to see his "talisman" named npower Championship Player of the Year last night at a glitzy London bash.

Taarabt picked up the gong ahead of Norwich's Grant Holt and Swansea's Scott Sinclair, who were also short-listed for the award, which was voted for by supporters across the country.

Taarabt: I couldn't have done it without you, Mrs Warnock

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Barely a week in the Championship seems to pass without Adel Taarabt causing a stir. The 21-year-old has been the outstanding player in a Queens Park Rangersteam whose dominance has been such that they need only 15 points from eight games to return to thePremier League next season.


Adel Taarabt has tonight (Sunday) been crowned npower Championship Player of the Year.
The Rangers skipper scooped the prestigious award ahead of Norwich City front-man Grant Holt and Swansea's Scott Sinclair at a gala evening at The Brewery, London, this evening.
Taarabt has been in quite outstanding form for the R's so far this season, producing one superlative performance after another, as Neil Warnock's men continue their all-out assault on the summit of the second tier.
'Tarbs' - as he's been dubbed by Warnock - has 15 goals and 15 assists to his name so far this season.
The 'Taarabt's too good for you' chant has never been more relevant than tonight.
Congratulations Adel!

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Adel Taarabt in line for Championship award

Adel Taarabt Queens Park Rangers FC
QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt has been named on the shortlist for the Championship Player of the Year award.
Taarabt will battle it out with Swanseawinger Scott Sinclair and Norwichstriker Grant Holt for the prize announced on March 20.
Watford's Will Buckley is up against Norwich's on-loan Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury and Ipswich wonderkid Connor Wickham for the young player accolade.
Charlton striker Bradley Wright-Phillips is among those in the running for the League 

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

West Bromwich Albion - Adel Taarabt's attracting attention from Baggies boss Roy Hodgson

Taarabt will be praying he's playing his football in the Barclays Premier League next season. (©PAphotos)

Former Manchester United target Adel Taarabt is subject to interest from West Bromwich Albion.
The 21-year-old has scored 15 goals in the Npower Championship this season, to leave his club Queens Park Rangers on the brink of promotion to the Barclays Premier League.
His form has attracted plenty of attention from afar, and after United opted against moving for the Moroccan, West Brom appear keen.
Whether the deal succeeds will hinge on whether the Baggies can retain their Barclays Premier League status this season, as Taarabt is unlikely to be satisfied playing another season in the Npower Championship.
Newcastle United are also interested in the midfielder, who QPR signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £1 million last summer, after an 18-month loan spell at Loftus Road.
United were rumoured to have watched Taarabt in the January transfer window, but a poor performance and an uncharacteristic outburst ended his chances of securing a move to Old Trafford.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Exclusive - Warnock: 'There's no better sight than Taarabt in full flight'

Neil Warnock has told talkSPORT how Adel Taarabt has changed his philosophy of football.

The 21-year-old Morocco international has been a key player forQueens Park Rangers as they stormed ten points clear at the top of the Championship table, scoring 15 times and assisting the same amount.
And Warnock has said despite warnings about the ex-Tottenham man’s temperament he couldn’t resist the challenge to integrate him into his side.
“I’ve always liked a challenge,” the QPR manager said. “I just liked his likeable rogue smile. His previous two managers had bombed him out and quite rightly so, and the other lads had said he’ll get you the sack and all these things cropped up.
“But I saw enough in one training session and I told him straight away. I said ‘I do like you son and I’m going to play you for the rest of the season. I’m going to sort something out to get you into the team.’
“I’ve changed a lot of my ideas over the last 12-20 months. I want to enjoy myself watching my team.
“When he’s in full flight like he was today there’s not a better sight. I love watching him play.”

Friday, 4 March 2011

QPR danger man Taarabt has to be stopped - somehow!

QPR danger man Taarabt has to be stopped - somehow!
Kyle Naughton believes Queens Park Rangers' star man Adel Taarabt cannot be stopped when he is on top of his game.
The Leicester City right back was a team-mate of the Moroccan midfielder at Tottenham Hotspur, and knows first hand what Taarabt is capable of.
Like Naughton, Taarabt struggled to break into the Spurs first team, but he has been a revelation since joining Neil Warnock's Rangers and his performances have been a catalyst to the London club's rise to the Championship summit this season.
The 21-year-old has scored 15 goals in 34 appearances for Rangers since signing permanently from Spurs in the summer, and Warnock appears to have brought out the undoubted potential of the highly-rated youngster.
Naughton knows City must keep a close eye on his former team-mate tomorrow when City face the league leaders at Loftus Road.
"If he is on his best form then I don't think you can stop him," said Naughton, who could be given the task of marking Taarabt.
"I played with him at Spurs and I learned that when he was ready to play he was almost unstoppable.
"Let's hope he doesn't fancy it and doesn't have the best of games, and I hope all our players are on it and we get the win.
"I played in a couple of reserve games with him at Spurs, and a couple of friendlies, and he is a very good player.
"I think in the best way possible he was too good to play in the reserves so he used to turn up and say 'what am I doing here', when a lot of people said he should have been playing first team.
"You always know with a player that good that, when he is ready to play, he is ready!
"He has gone to QPR, they have made him captain and got the best out of him."
Naughton warned City must be at their best defensively if they are to get anything from tomorrow's game.
"They are top of the league so it was always going to be a tough game," he said.
"Their wingers are good players, but nothing I haven't played against before. I have played against them both before.
"All we can do as defenders is try to stop them and let our strikers show what quality they have.
"If they are lacking in any area, I would say it is in defence.
"That is not saying they are bad, it is just their strike force is so good it is the only area I can find a weakness in them."

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

QPR's swashbuckling Adel Taarabt leads ranks of second division Caesars

Neil Warnock has built his Championship title-chasing team around a mercurial No7 and is reaping reward for the decision

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Adel Taarabt, right, glides past Seyi Olofinjana of Cardiff during the Loftus Road meeting won by the home side 2-1 and in which the Moroccan scored the winner. Photograph: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Adel Taarabt may wear Queens Park Rangers' No7 shirt but he follows a long line of sublimely-skilled old-fashioned No10s who have graced Loftus Road over the past 45 years. Call them playmakers, fantasistas, attacking midfielders or inside-forwards, but I doubt any supporters have been so blessed as those of the west London club whose glorious memories of Rodney Marsh, Stanley Bowles, Gerry Francis, Tony Currie, an ageing but still inspirational Trevor Francis and Roy Wegerle, have been burnished by the outrageously gifted Moroccan's performances this season.
When signed by Tottenham Hotspur as a 17-year-old four years ago, the Spurs manager, Martin Jol, called him "a wizard", saying, "on the ball I don't think there's another talent like him in England". If that