Armand Traore has spoken out in defence of Rs teammate Adel Taarabt amid accusations that the midfielder may have gained weight over the summer.
Queens Park Rangers fans have been given a unique insight into why full-back Armand Traore may have failed to make the grade at previous clubs Arsenal and Juventus, after the defender revealed his love of eating fast food on a regular basis.
The revelations came after the 24-year-old leapt to the defence of teammate Adel Taarabt, following comments made by QPR manager Harry Redknapp expressing concern that the midfielder could put on weight while he is sidelined through injury.
"I don’t think that Adel eats that much if I’m honest...It is all about knowledge, in knowing what you can and what you can’t eat," he told the Kilburn Times.
"I know for a fact that I can eat pretty much what I want. I can eat McDonald’s every day and I will have a body fat really low still."
Though not necessarily the best advice for any young professional looking to make it as a Premier League footballer, the comments are the latest in a series of stories involving footballers and fast food.
One of the biggest revelations to come from the serialisation of Rio Ferdinand’s latest autobiography last week was the way in which then-Manchester United manager David Moyes angered the players after he banned them from eating chips before games.
According to the book, from Traore’s current QPR teammate, one of the first things the team called for following the Scot’s dismissal was that Ryan Giggs allow them to once again indulge in their pre-match potato treats.
And while Traore’s dietary advice should certainly not be heeded when it comes to all things McDonald's, he’s not the first Arsenal academy star to show an appreciation for meals from the Golden Arches.
Jimmy Bullard’s recent book “Bend it Like Bullard” details one incident during his brief England career when fellow forgotten international David Bentley successfully smuggled a McDonalds meal into the team hotel despite it being against the rules set out by manager Fabio Capello.
Traore, meanwhile, had some advice for Taarabt that did make some sense at least.
"He’s the type of guy that needs to looks a little bit, he can’t eat pasta everyday, he can’t eat rice everyday – he just needs to watch out for that."
QPR are next in action away at in-form Southampton in the Premier League. Given the calibre of the opposition, Traore may want to wait until after the game for a burger.
Should any Premier League player be eating McDonald's that regularly?