‘These are lies’ Controversial ex-Spurs and QPR star explains recent struggles
PUBLISHED: 11:11 01 December 2015 | UPDATED: 14:23 01 December 2015
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Former QPR playmaker Adel Taarabt has hit out at claims that he left AC Milan because of problems with his diet and training.
Taarabt joined the Rossoneri on loan in 2014 after failing to start regularly for QPR, but despite scoring four times in 14 Serie A appearances he failed to make the move permanent and returned to Loftus Road.
The following season he had a very public row with then-Rangers boss Harry Redknapp over his weight, with the manager claiming Taarabt was not fit to play for the first team.
Ever since he made his Premier League debut for Spurs in 2006 Taarabt has been recognised as a highly talented player with plenty of potential, but he has failed to settle down at any club.
He admittedly enjoyed his time in Milan and he was keen on making the move permanent, but manager Filippo Inzaghi reportedly turned the chance to sign him down due to more concerns about the Moroccan’s diet.
But Taarabt has denied those claims, insisting that he was allowed to leave because Inzaghi had other favourites at the club.
“No, these are lies,” Taarabt told Milan news outlet Il Vero Milanista. “Inzaghi had simply bet on other players, such as Cerci. If Seedorf stayed, I would have probably played again in Milan.
“For me, when he coached AC Milan and came on the field to play with us, he was still one of the best. He was always very careful to make me feel important and at ease, because he believed so much in me.”
Taarabt admits he had a difficult time after returning to QPR in the summer of 2014, but he is now enjoying life with his new club, Benfica.
“It’s been a difficult year, with my return to Queens Park Rangers,” he said.
“Here at Benfica I’m very well, they are all very nice to me. Benfica is a club that has a great history, a stadium, the wonderful Estádio da Luz, in Portugal everyone is their fan.
“I’m working hard to be able to play, and I cannot wait.”