There was a generally cynical reaction when Adel Taarabt joined AC Milan on loan for the second half of last season, but the Moroccan answered his critics.
Taarabt had been on loan at Fulham but Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani agreed a deal to bring him in for the tail end of the 2013-14 campaign.
It was a tough season for Milan and few players managed to emerge with their reputations enhanced, but Taarabt was one of the exceptions.
The enigmatic midfielder provided some crucial assists and was highly praised by fellow players, fans and the Italian press.
Milan have been looking to bring Taarabt back on a permanent basis after his loan ended, but the financial side of the deal is tough.
The Rossoneri have very limited financial resources until they can agree a deal to sell striker Mario Balotelli.
But QPR also appear keen to prevent Taarabt returning to San Siro, although much will depend on the player's wishes.
"He has great football intelligence. But a lot will depend on what he wants to do and what he doesn't want to do.
"From a professional point of view it would be really nice if he stayed with us."