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Adel Taarabt

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 05:07, 4 March 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 November 2012

Adel Taarabt (Arabic. عادل تاعرابت ‎ – born 24 May 1989) is a Moroccan footballer who plays for Milan on loan from Queens Park Rangers as an attacking midfielder and can also be used as a winger .

He began his playing career in France at Lens before moving to English Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur in 2007. Having been unable to break into the first team at Spurs under either Juande Ramos or Harry Redknapp. Taarabt moved to QPR on loan in July 2009.

He was signed permanently in August 2010 and quickly established himself at Loftus Road. QPR were relegated in 2013, and in the ensuing summer Taarabt moved to Fulham on loan.

He represented France at youth levels but opted to play for his native Morocco at senior level. Taarabt made his Morocco debut in February 2009, and scored his first international goal the following month.


Club career [ edit ]

Early career [ edit ]

Taarabt was born in Fes. Morocco. [ 3 ] At a young age, his family moved to a small town called Berre-l’Étang. Bouches-du-Rhône. France.

He began his career at Lens in 2004, and played 14 games for RC Lens B in the Championnat de France amateur. He made one first team appearance for Lens during the 2006–07 season. [ 4 ]

Tottenham Hotspur [ edit ]

Taarabt signed for Tottenham Hotspur on a long-term loan on 2 January 2007 after the club offered to integrate him quickly into the first team to offer him maximum playing time. [ 5 ] Within two months he made his first senior appearance in a Tottenham shirt, entering as an 87th minute substitute against local rivals West Ham United. which ended as a 4–3 victory. [ 6 ] He made a second appearance in the 1–0 loss to Chelsea. again as a second half substitute, playing as a striker.

Tottenham signed Taarabt permanently on 8 June. [ 7 ] Upon signing for Tottenham he was hailed as the next Zinedine Zidane. He scored his first goal for Spurs in a pre-season friendly against Stevenage Borough on 7 July. He made his first appearance of the 2007–08 season with Tottenham against Derby County in the 4–0 win on 18 August, which he entered at the 70th minute.

At the beginning of the 2008–09 season, Taarabt was not given a squad number by then manager Juande Ramos. though he was given his old number when Harry Redknapp took over team management.

Queens Park Rangers [ edit ]

On 13 March 2009, he joined Championship team Queens Park Rangers on loan until the end of the season. [ 8 ] He scored his first goal for QPR in a 2–1 win over Bristol City. [ 9 ] His loan spell was cut short after he suffered a knee injury which required surgery. [ 10 ]

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Taarabt rejoined QPR on a season-long loan for the 2009–10 season on 23 July 2009. [ 11 ] On 1 October, Taarabt scored a wonder strike in a match against Preston North End. He collected the ball on his chest inside the QPR half and dribbling 20 yards past three players and curled in a shot from 25 yards. This led Jim Magilton to label Taarabt as a genius and the goal is seen as one of the Championship’s finest. [ 12 ]

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. [ 13 ] QPR were unable to make the transfer a permanent one because they could not afford the £4.5million valuation placed on Taarabt by Spurs. [ 14 ]

In March 2010, Taarabt was quoted in an interview as being sorry that he signed for Tottenham. He had said The big mistake was to sign for Tottenham and not go to another club when I first came over. He stated that 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. He stated that he felt he would have been given more chances to play at Arsenal and was advised at the time not to sign for Spurs by his friends Armand Traore and Abou Diaby. who play for Arsenal. [ 15 ]

Taarabt went on to state his intention to sign for one of the top clubs in Spain I hope to be playing for one of the top four in Spain next season – Real Madrid. Barcelona. Valencia or Sevilla.

I have contact with good teams and I know that they want me. Now I just have to hope they can agree a deal with Tottenham. [ 15 ]

In January 2011, Taarabt was interviewed by the Evening Standard . in which he stated: The man who took me to Tottenham was Damien Comolli. He was at Arsenal then. But, when I was going to go to Arsenal, he moved to Tottenham.

He told me: ‘Come to Tottenham. We want to do like they do at Arsenal and take the best young players in the world. You’re going to have a better chance there.’ I believed him. This was a mistake and I regret it.

Tottenham tried to do it like Arsenal but it’s a different culture. I would have had a better chance at Arsenal. I would progress with Arsène Wenger. He is a legend in France, one of the best managers in the world. [ 16 ]

Adel Taarabt vs Hull City in the Championship

Adel Taarabt was to make his debut as a full Queens Park Rangers player as the club signed the Moroccan for a reported £1,000,000. The contract with Queens Park Rangers provides for Tottenham to receive 40% of future transfer profit, in addition to the payments already made. This was proved to be one of the bargains of the season as Taarabt went on to score 19 goals in 44 league appearances that season for the West London club. With his unpredictable skill and reputation for never giving the opposition defence an easy 90 minutes Taarabt went on to win the Championship Player of The Year and gained a place in The Championships best XI (also featuring teammate Paddy Kenny ).

Some notable moments during the season were against Cardiff City (away, 2–2 draw) where Taarabt picked up a brace, scoring a wonder goal during the process. Also during the home game against Cardiff where Taarabt scored the winner which took QPR back to the top of the Championship.

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