Adel Taarabt finally makes Benfica debut after leaving QPR... for the B team

Adel Taarabt's career has not progressed as he would have hoped since swapping QPR for Benfica.

Adel Taarabt landed the big move he hoped for after being released in the summer by QPR - signing with Portuguese giants Benfica.

Benfica currently sit fourth in the Primeira Liga, but Taarabt is yet to play a part.

The Moroccan has not played a single minute for Benfica since signing, but that may be about to change.

He made his debut for the B team at the weekend, report Portuguese newspaper O Jogo.

Taarabt has made the first team bench only twice, and believes he can make an impact.

He told the Italian website Il Vero Milanista he is fully healthy and ready to play his part. He said "I'm fine, working hard to be able to play and can not wait."

Benfica signed Taarabt to a contract lasting until 2020, and he insists he is happy at the club.

He said: "It's Benfica who decides my fate. I have an important contract for five years. I repeat that here I feel good and even the weather is fantastic, is always a good time.

"Benfica are among the best in Europe and their fans are always very warm with me."

Taarabt knows that if he can win over his boss, he has a path to the European stage on which he has always wanted to play.

His last season at QPR was a disaster, battling off suggestions he was unfit, and rarely selected for the first team.

As yet he is still to show that QPR made a mistake in letting him go, and at 26, it is really time he kicked on in his career. His fortunes may be beginning to turn, but there is plenty of work to do.

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