QPR transfers: Adel Taarabt claims Anzhi and Barcelona interest

QPR transfers: Morocco international Adel Taarabt claims Anzhi Makhachkala and Barcelona have shown an interest in him

Adel Taarabt
Adel Taarabt claims Barcelona have made an enquiry about him Photo: M Ennaimi, via Wikimedia

Adel Taarabt

Adel Taarabt has claimed Anzhi Makhachkala and Barcelona have enquired about the Queens Park Rangers playmaker after his impressive season at Loftus Road.

The Morocco international’s form has been a rare positive as the Hoops continue to struggle in the bottom three of the Premier League.

The 23-year-old scored twice in a 2-1 victory over Fulham, taking his tally to four Premier League goals this season.

Taarabt says that Anzhi and Barcelona have expressed an interest in him, but QPR chairman Tony Fernandes is not considering selling the midfielder.

“I have been told that the president of Anzhi Makhachkala and people from Barcelona have asked about me, but I have just signed a four-year contract with QPR and the chairman Tony Fernandes has told me that he will not sell me,” Taarabt told the Daily Mirror.

“I don’t know what would happen if someone offered £20m for me, but I love the club and the fans and they love me too.”

Meanwhile, Taarabt reiterated his desire to compete at the African Cup of Nations if selected by Morocco manager Rachid Taoussi.

“Harry Redknapp told me not to go, but I told him, ‘Boss, if they call me up, I can’t turn them down’,” Taarabt added.

“I love my country and the Moroccan people, and football means a lot to them. I warned him the only solution would be if the coach does not pick me.

“The coach is not obliged to choose me. It would hurt not to go, but I will be Morocco’s No. 1 fan if I’m not there at the Finals.”

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