Thursday, 13 October 2011

Taarabt can leave Loftus Road if he wants to go, claims QPR boss Warnock

QPR manager Neil Warnock has told Adel Taarabt and the rest of his squad that they are free to leave the club if they want to. 
Rangers have had to deal with speculation linking clubs with moves for their star players since their promotion to the Barclays Premier League, with talisman Taarabt the main subject of such reports. 
The midfielder allegedly fuelled the flames further while on international duty with Morocco, with reports emerging that he told the media he wanted to leave QPR in January for financial reasons. 
Paris match? Adel Taarabt (right) has been linked with a move to PSG
Paris match? Adel Taarabt (right) has been linked with a move to PSG
Warnock has taken the comments 'with a pinch of salt' but admitted that Taarabt, like the rest of his squad, was free to leave the west Londoners if he so desired. 
'He has not said anything to me [about wanting to leave],' Warnock said, speaking ahead of Saturday's clash with Blackburn. 'I do take it with a pinch of salt when they go abroad [and reports come out]. 
'It is only six weeks since Adel said he would never play for his country again and then he scores a goal and kisses the coach. That's Adel. You take everything with a pinch of a salt. 
'My message is the same with every player at the club, not just Adel. If a player wants to leave, he can leave. I've never had a problem with that.
Calling Adel's bluff? Neil Warnock (left)
Calling Adel's bluff? Neil Warnock (left)
'But for all the talk of the offers we had, I never saw an allegedly massive offer from Paris St Germain. I know what they offered and by the time we paid Tottenham [their share of the deal] we would have been left with peanuts. 
'I think it is just in his court, really. If he wants to get the move that allegedly he has talked about, the best way of doing that is playing well.'
As well as being the subject of reports during the international break, Taarabt took up a large chunk of column inches in the aftermath of QPR's 6-0 defeat at Fulham. 
The 22-year-old reportedly stormed out of Craven Cottage after being replaced at half-time and came face to face with his manager for the first time since the match. 
While admitting words with Taarabt were needed, Warnock rejected the notion that he was contradicting himself by protecting the midfielder after recent criticism of Manchester City's Carlos Tevez. 
'I think that is between me and him now,' he said. 'I am going to speak to him today and that's how it goes. 
'I think if you have ever sat in Fulham's dressing room and you are 3-0 down at half-time, I don't think I'd want to stay there if I am honest. 
Storm: The Moroccan walked out at half-time of the 6-0 defeat at Fulham
Storm: The Moroccan (centre) walked out at half-time of the 6-0 defeat at Fulham
'He has just got to realise that when you are in the spotlight like we all are you have to think a little bit further than the instant reaction. 
'I wouldn't put Adel in the same [category] as Tevez, although I think he wishes he is on his money.'
Meanwhile, QPR have confirmed that Patrick Agyemang has joined Millwall on a one-month loan deal.
The 31-year-old striker moves to The Den after he was left out of Rangers' 25-man Premier League squad. 
Agyemang started two of QPR's first three league matches this season but summer signings such as DJ Campbell, Jay Bothroyd, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Jason Puncheon have since pushed him well down the pecking order at Loftus Road. 

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Adel Taarabt doesn't worry Neil Warnock

Adel Taarabt

Neil Warnock said today Adel Taarabt can carry on being a law unto himself. The Queens Park Rangers manager gave his backing despite the forward's walk out after being substituted during the 6-0 thrashing by Fulham 11 days ago.
After storming out of Craven Cottage, Taarabt, still dressed in a QPR tracksuit, caught the bus home to the astonishment of fans waiting at the bus stop.
Warnock plans to speak with Taarabt today on his return from international duty in Marrakech, where he scored in a 3-1 win over Tanzania to help Moroccoreach the finals of the African Cup of Nations.
Ahead of that meeting the manager said: "I just think the lads here know what Adel is. I don't think anybody else can be like that. Adel is Adel and we'll accept what he is. Sometimes you don't realise what you've got until you lose it and you should be careful what you wish for."
Taarabt has been quoted as saying that he would have to leave in January because of finance but Warnock is not reading too much into those comments.
The manager said: "It will be very interesting to see where he is in five years. I have my own ideas. But he doesn't affect our spirit - it would do if it was only a Joe Bloggs. But all the group that have built up in the last 18 months accept him for what he is.
"I take that quote about him wanting to leave with a pinch of salt. It's only six weeks since Adel said he'd never play for his country again. Now he's scored a goal for Morocco and kisses the coach! That's Adel - you take everything with a pinch of salt."
Taarabt was key in QPR's Championship-winning campaign last season but there were reports over the summer of a link with Paris St-Germain, who are now bankrolled by the Qatar Investment Authority.
"If he wants to leave, he can leave. I've never had a problem with that, concerning players," added Warnock, whose side host Blackburn in the Premier League on Saturday.
"But all the talk of offers we've had, I never saw a serious one from PSG in Franceand with what we would have had to pay Tottenham, we'd have been left with peanuts."