Belfast Telegraph

Warnock dismisses Taarabt talk

QPR manager Neil Warnock has told Adel Taarabt and the rest of his squad that they are free to leave the club if they want to.

Rangers have had to deal with speculation linking clubs with moves for their star players since their promotion to the Barclays Premier League, with talisman Taarabt the main subject of such reports.

"My message is the same with every player at the club, not just Adel," said Warnock. "If a player wants to leave, he can leave. I've never had a problem with that. But for all the talk of the offers we had, I never saw an allegedly massive offer from Paris St Germain."

He added: "I know what they offered and by the time we paid Tottenham [their share of the deal] we would have been left with peanuts.

"I think it is just in his court, really. If he wants to get the move that allegedly he has talked about, the best way of doing that is playing well."

The midfielder allegedly fuelled the flames further while on international duty with Morocco, with reports emerging that he told the media he wanted to leave QPR in January for financial reasons but Warnock said: "He has not said anything to me [about wanting to leave]."

"I do take it with a pinch of salt when they go abroad [and reports come out].

"It is only six weeks since Adel said he would never play for his country again and then he scores a goal and kisses the coach.

"That's Adel. You take everything with a pinch of a salt."


From Belfast Telegraph