Warnock speculation prompts Taarabt to drop QPR exit hint
Adel Taarabt has hinted that he may seek a move away from Loftus Road next season should Queens Park Rangers part company with manager Neil Warnock.
Fans’ favourite Taarabt scored his 19th goal of a superb campaign against Watford on Saturday to help Rangers secure promotion but, after the match, the Championship Player of the Season appeared coy when asked if he will stay at the club to see their return to the top flight.
Rs boss Warnock, with whom Taarabt has a strong relationship, has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks with reports suggesting that Rangers may replace him with a foreign manager.
“I don’t know yet [about next season], but I am very happy at QPR, now we have all summer, and afterwards I will see with the manager what they want to do, and afterwards we will make a decision,” said Taarabt, who was signed by Warnock from Tottenham Hotspur at the start of the season.
“He [Warnock] has been great. My season is a lot to do with him because he has given me 100 per cent belief and trust. Even if I don’t play well for one or two games, he still plays me.
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“He has done a lot for me. In football you have to meet somebody who gives you a chance, for me that person is Neil – nobody else.”
Taarabt also denied that he has ‘carried’ his team-mates to promotion this season despite coming up with crucial goals time and again throughout the campaign.
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And wherever he ends up come August, the Moroccan is eager to prove himself in the Premier League having by his own admission failed to make the grade at White Hart Lane.
“I signed when I was 17 at Spurs, and I didn’t make it, [but] I know now that I am in the Championship, every game I give my best. I have nothing to prove,” he added.
“I am only 21, now and I don’t think about Spurs, I am at QPR, all the people here help me so I am very happy to be here. I know that with this manager we can achieve something.
“I don’t know what the target is for next season, so now we just have to enjoy this moment and in pre-season the boss will tell us what the target for next season is.