, ‘Didn’t feel like work’ – Former QPR ace reflects on spell with the Hoops

‘Didn’t feel like work’ – Former QPR ace reflects on spell with the Hoops

Adel Taarabt has said joining QPR was the ‘best decision’ he has made in his career.

QPR landed the attacking midfielder on loan from Tottenham Hotspur in 2009 on an initial loan deal that was later made permanent.

Taarabt, who is now 34-years-old, was a hit during his time with the Hoops and is currently on the books of Al Nasr SC in Dubai.

He has opened up about his time with the R’s and has said, as per an interview with The National News: “The best decision I made. I needed to play football, not just train. I had the chance to go to QPR for three months. At QPR I got the love, and if you show me love then I want to give you more love.

“My second year there [2010/11] was amazing. I scored 19 goals and made 21 assists. It didn’t feel like work, it felt like pure enjoyment. The fans sang a song about me being too good for the rest. I felt so powerful there.”

He added: “My whole life was enjoyable. I was in London, I had learnt English, I had money. I’d go out until three o’clock in the morning. And I had a coach in Neil Warnock who was the best and the worst for me. He gave me all the confidence that I needed.

“Warnock would say: ‘If you want to see your family, go for five days but come back for Saturday and win the match for me’. So I did! He was only about getting me to perform for him. But I was aged 19-20, I should have been more professional. And when he left the club everything changed for me.”

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, ‘Didn’t feel like work’ – Former QPR ace reflects on spell with the Hoops

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Taarabt’s QPR days

Taarabt joined Spurs as a youngster from Lens but was given the green light to join QPR on a temporary basis to get some experience under his belt.

Neil Warnock managed to get the best out of him in West London and he went on to make 164 appearances in all competitions during his time at QPR, scoring 34 goals.

The Morocco international, who has 30 caps under his belt to date, helped the Hoops win the Championship title back in 2011 and scored 19 goals that year.

He was a youngster when he played for the R’s but Warnock’s man-management skills gave him the freedom to express himself.

His spell came to an end in 2015 after he had loan spells away at Fulham and AC Milan.

, ‘Didn’t feel like work’ – Former QPR ace reflects on spell with the Hoops
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Taarabt then spent five years at Benfica, some of which he spent in Italy with Genoa, before linking up with his current club.

He has found the net on 14 occasions in 43 outings for Al Nasr SC in the UAE Pro League. The playmaker has a year left on his contract there.

QPR are currently looking to avoid slipping into League One. Marti Cifuentes’ side are a point above the drop zone with eight matches left to play.

They are back in action after the international break with a home clash against Birmingham City on Friday followed by an away trip to Swansea City.

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