The Moroccan has always been one of those mercurial talents, providing as much frustration as production and as a result has seen his young career stall.
His greatest measure of stability was found with current owners QPR following his departure from Tottenham but a desire to remain in the top flight following the club’s relegation saw him land at Fulham on loan in August.
A dismal start to the season for both the Cottagers and the renowned troublemaker saw the two part ways in January, with AC Milan stepping into the frame to take a surprise leap of faith on the pacy playmaker.
Yet the 24-year-old’s switch to San Siro has worked out for both player and club, early on at least.
Boss Clarence Seedorf has thrown Taarabt in at the deep end with four straight starts between Serie A and Champions League commitments, and the once-believed lost cause has repaid the Dutchman with a series of glowing displays.
And agent Vincenzo Morabito - an intermediary in the deal that shipped Taarabt off to northern Italy - has shared that it all started with a phone call from Fulham.
“I received a call from Fulham in January,” he told Calciomercato.com. “They gave me 24 hours to find a new club for Taarabt, there on loan, as they’d taken the decision to let him go.
“At that point, we reflected on the various possibilities, and our first choice was to call Milan.”
The original terms of the deal would’ve seen World Cup-winning veteran Cristian Zaccardo move to Craven Cottage, but Morabito has revealed that Rossoneri transfer guru Adriano Galliani insisted on pressing through the transfer even after Fulham no longer viewed the defender as viable collateral.
And the representative believes Taarabt is in with a solid chance to join Milan on a permanent basis come summer after impressing in his formative days at the club.
“He [Galliani] should be given credit for believing in Taarabt to the point that he held up the deal with only the playmaker going to Milan,” he added.
“I really think Taarabt will be purchased, even if the last word is Milan’s.
“I expected he would do well, but his start has been amazing; I’ve been surprised especially by his physical condition, it’s really excellent.
“Milan will decide, but I think he’ll be bought.”
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