Five games to decide Taarabt future

The future of Queens Park Rangers owned midfielder Adel Taarabt is still unclear as he continues to impress at AC Milan.

When Adel Taarabt joined AC Milan on loan in January many critics sniped at the move, but the Moroccan has  silenced the doubters and is edging towards a permanent move.

While Taarabt's natural talent has never been called into question, his temperament and commitment to the cause has often been lacking.

However, securing a dream move to San Siro has brought out the best in Taarabt whose performances have been widely praised by the Italian press.

Although he still hasn't scored a goal at San Siro, Taarabt has also won over the fans and looked in good form again as he played a full 90 minutes in Milan's 1-0 win over Catania at the weekend.

In total, Taarabt has played nine games in his loan spell, scoring three times and providing two assists and Milan have made little secret that they are in talks over securing his permanent signature.

The deciding factor may be whether or not the Rossoneri manage to secure a place in next season's Europa League.

That objective looked nearly impossible after a dismal first half of the season but new coach Clarence Seedorf has overseen a turnaround in fortunes and Milan are now just three points shy of Parma in sixth.

If Milan do manage to book a place in Europe they will need a larger squad and have greater resources to add new recruits, so the Italian press suggest that a move for Taarabt should be completed.

The loan terms reportedly set a fee of nearly £6m that Milan must pay QPR to keep Taarabt but the teams are said to be working on a compromise.

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