"[36] On 2 January 2013, in QPR's second win of the season, a 1–0 away victory over rivals Chelsea, Taarabt was played in an unfamiliar striker position, gaining the Man of the Match award and assisting the only goal, described as "Pelé-esque". But, when I was going to go to Arsenal, he moved to Tottenham. [43] Responding to a journalist's question, QPR manager Harry Redknapp stated after his team's home defeat against Liverpool,[44] "Taarabt is not injured. In the international Morocco–Algeria match, Taarabt picked up a booking and was lucky not to be sent off. He stated he wished he had signed for Arsenal instead but had opted for Spurs after Damien Comolli moved from being a scout at Arsenal to director of football at Spurs. On 3 June 2011, Taarabt decided to end his international career the day after being dropped to the bench for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Algeria. On 31 March, Taarabt scored the first goal in QPR's victory over Arsenal, and was also voted Man of the Match. 5 months after having said this he signed a 3 year contract with second division club Queens Park Rangers . He was renowned for his incredibly fast feat, speed and the spectacular ways that he would score goals. On 30 January 2014, Taarabt signed for A.C. Milan until the end of the season, demonstrating the Rossoneri's renewed ambition on the transfer market. [17], Tottenham confirmed in October 2009 that Taarabt could stay at QPR for the season providing that a Premier League club did not make a bid for him in the January transfer window. Taarabt is a Muslim and stated in an interview in June 2010 that this religion has had a significant impact on his life as a footballer: "Being a Muslim has had a big impact on my professional life. His move was proved to be one of the bargains of the season as Taarabt scored 19 goals in 44 league appearances that season for the West London club. He made his first of six appearances in the 2007–08 season against Derby County in the 4–0 win on 18 August, entering the 71st minute for Wayne Routledge. Forgotten Players: Adel Taarabt Adel Taarabt… [18] QPR were unable to make the transfer permanent because they could not afford the £4.5 million valuation placed on Taarabt by Spurs. He went on to make 12 appearances and scored 1 goal , that too against Burton in the League Cup. [25], These factors had the unfortunate effect of unsettling Taarabt and he was unable to recreate his form from the previous season. [19], In March 2010, Taarabt was quoted in an interview as being sorry he had signed for Tottenham, saying, "The big mistake was to sign for Tottenham and not go to another club when I first came over." ... What has happened this campaign is truly remarkable. [41] On 19 February, he made his debut in the UEFA Champions League, in the first leg of the round of 16 in a 0–1 loss at the San Siro against Atlético Madrid. [23] The contract stipulated that Tottenham would receive 40% of any future transfer profit, in addition to the payments already made. [4] At a young age, his family moved to a small town called Berre-l'Étang, Bouches-du-Rhône, France. [24] This was coupled with the arrival of Joey Barton in the August transfer window, who was immediately installed as captain, taking the role from Taarabt. "[20], On 5 August 2010, Taarabt signed a three-year contract with QPR for an undisclosed fee. Taarabt made his Morocco debut in February 2009, and scored his first international goal the following month. [16] On 1 October, Taarabt scored a "wonder strike" in a match against Preston North End. In January of 2014 Taarabt would go and join Italian giants AC Milan where he scored a classic ‘Taarabt goal’ 8 minutes into his debut. He represented the country at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. During the 6–0 loss away to Fulham on 2 October, he was substituted at half-time. Taarabt scored a free-kick that would end up being the winning goal and sealing Morocco's qualification. - Oh My Goal: http://bit.ly/2oDhB7tFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/OhMyGoal.KeliNetwork/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ohmygoal/Twitter: https://twitter.com/OhMyGoalUS---------------------------------------© Oh My Goal - Jellysmack Taarabt was to make his debut as a full QPR player, as the club signed the Moroccan for a reported £1 million. [11] He was given his old number when Harry Redknapp took over team management, but his only Premier League appearance that season came in a goalless North London derby on 8 February 2009, playing three minutes in place of Aaron Lennon. [27] His attitude provoked criticism from his teammates, with Joey Barton being particularly vocal. During this period, continued speculation linked him with PSG, and Warnock even admitted he would gladly accept an offer for Taraabt if the right one came along. level 1. About 5 years ago a 21 year old Adel burst onto the scene for QPR in the championship, scoring a wonder-goal against Preston. 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