Morocco's Taarabt extends QPR contract

Mohamad Mosselhi , Wednesday 11 Jul 2012

Moroccan striker Adel Taarabt signs new three-year contract extension with Premier League side Queens Park Rangers

Adel Taarabt

Morocco forward Adel Taarabt has extended his contract with Queens Park Rangers for three years, the Premier League side announced on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old was heavily linked in the media with a move to French big-spending side Paris Saint Germain, but he moved to quell speculation and pledge his future to QPR.

"I am very pleased to have signed this contract," Taarabt told the club's official website.

"When I first arrived here I honestly thought it would be just for a short period but I love this club and the people here have really helped me and I am very happy to be here. I had a tough start to the season last year, but I worked hard and I have really enjoyed it under Mark Hughes.

"The club is getting bigger and bigger, with a new training ground and talk of a new stadium is very exciting.

"In the time I have been here, QPR's ambition has changed. Last year the aim was to stay in the Premier League. We achieved this and now we want to progress and improve. Nobody is speaking about what we can achieve but we really want to move up the Premier League."

Taarabt, who joined QPR in the summer of 2010, produced some fine displays last season, helping the club retain their top-flight status.

He expressed his delight after being handed the number 10 jersey, previously worn by the club' stars.

"This means a lot to me personally," he said. "I was happy with the '7' but I know '10' is very important at QPR. Special players like Bowles and Marsh have worn this. The club told me that the fans want me to have this shirt. So if this makes the fans happy too, it is even better for me."

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