'Big club' - Adel Taarabt reveals why he wanted to leave QPR

Adel Taarabt looked set to leave QPR during the summer, but he remains with the Londoner’s, and is planning to help them fight off relegation.

The Moroccan international made only his second substitute appearance of the season when he came on during Rangers loss to West Ham on Sunday.

Currently suffering with an ankle injury, the 25-year-old’s season has not started in the greatest style - having also seen a move to AC Milan fall through over the summer.

Having signed a short-term loan with the Italian club in January 2014, Taarabt scored four goals in 14 games with the Rossoneri, before the club offered him a permanent deal during the transfer window. Despite both the club and player keen on the full-time switch to Italy, Taarabt ended the transfer window in West London, and he revealed that he is now focused upon helping QPR survive in the Premier League.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Taarabt said: “I had a taste of something different last year, playing in the Champions League at a big club.

“That is why I wanted to move. Not because I do not want to be at QPR, because it was a big opportunity for me.

“I was in the middle of a transfer and it did not happen for whatever reasons. It was difficult for me because I thought I was moving. In the end it did not happen, so I am here now and have to work hard to get back in the team and help QPR win games.”

The forward has played over 100 times for the Londoners, and he is keen to increase his tally in the coming season, with the club close to his heart.

“Do not forget that this club has helped me a lot,” he added.

“I am one of the longest-serving players here now, and I still love the club. It will always be in my heart. I am very concentrated on QPR and giving my best.”

With the impending international break, Taarabt may be able to force a return to full match fitness, with Loftus Road hosting Livepool immediately after the break, as Rangers look to move off the bottom of the Premier League table.

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