Neil Warnock, manager of Queens Park Rangers, has admitted that star player and captain Adel Taarabt is set to leave the newly promoted side this summer but thinks if he does leave he will live to regret his decision.
Amongst other elite clubs, the Moroccan international has also been linked with Arsenal due to his stellar campaign in the championship leading to the eventual achievement of the Football League Player of the year award.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Paris Saint-German have lodged a £13.5m bid for the player with Warnock saying: “He is missing his family in Marseille.
“If we get a big offer from a club in France that obviously gives him a chance to be closer to them. That would be a big pull.
“PSG have made an enquiry and they obviously offer him the chance to be nearer to home, although there is a Spanish club being mentioned as well.
“As far as his talk of wanting to go to Chelsea or Arsenal, I know he has a lot of friends at Arsenal.
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“Flavio Briatore [QPR’s co-owner] is dealing with the negotiations. He is keeping me informed of the situation and at this precise moment he won’t be leaving because no one has met the asking price.”
Although chances are high he will leave QPR, Warnock believes it is his coaching style that has allowed Taarabt to flourish after he failed to make an impact at White Hart Lane. As such he believes Taarabt will regret walking out on QPR also saying: “My advice to him is to stay until Christmas, get some experience and show people what he can do. That may fall on deaf ears unfortunately. It’s sad.
“I don’t think I have ever spent so much time trying to get the best out of one individual and I think he will regret leaving.”
Still with uncertainties with some of Arsenal’s star players there is a feeling that interest Taarabt will be relatively low-key at this stage of the transfer window. Although with the likes of Fabregas and Nasri in doubt, do you think Taarabt would be a suitable answer to our possible midfield woes in the future?