Morocco's Taarabt to stay with QPR in Premier League

Reuters, Saturday 23 Jul 2011

Premier League promoted side Queens Park Rangers say Moroccan playmaker Adel Taarbat will stay at the club next season

Adel Taarbat

Playmaker Adel Taarabt will play in the Premier League with Queens Park Rangers next season despite media reports linking him with a move to Paris St Germain, the club’s owners said on Saturday.

“We rebuffed all approaches and indeed, we are keen to build for the future…and not sell one of our prized assets,” said Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore in a statement on the club’s website (

Moroccan international Taarabt attracted the interest of French Ligue 1 club PSG, who made an estimated offer of around nine million pounds ($14,680,455.420), after his key role in helping QPR win promotion last season.

Outspoken QPR manager Neil Warnock, who has described the 22-year-old as “talented, exciting and frustrating,” will stay on at the club after a discussion on the future with the owners.

“We are aware of some issues that have been raised in the press by the coach, but we have discussed these with him internally and he has agreed to be more reserved in terms of what he discusses in the future,” added the statement.

The owners said they aimed to add Welsh international defender Danny Gabbidon to the squad after a trial as well as one or two others.

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