QPR striker Adel Taarabt has suggested he may be on his way to Paris Saint Germain in January.
Qatari backed PSG made enquiries about the Moroccan last summer but the supposed £15m deal was never finalised.
Now Taarabt claims that talks broke down because director of football, Leonardo, blocked the move due to doubts over his temperament.
Despite telling the QPR official website after the PSG switch fell through, “I want to stay at QPR and play for Neil Warnock. I think as long as he is here I will be here too.”
Taarabt told French channel Canal+: “Paris makes me dream. He [Leonardo] called Briatore but the first thing he said was, ‘OK, but there is Adel’s temper’. That is just an excuse from Leonard not to sign me because he had other priorities.”
But according to Taarabt the owners still wanted to bring him to the Parc des Princes, “the Qatar officials told me ‘to do another great six months and in January we will be back’.”
Unfortunately for the 22-year-old nothing has changed, Leonardo is still director of football at PSG and will presumably have the same reservations about his attitude as he did in the summer.
Taarabt’s performances have not set the Premier League alight yet, he has failed to register a goal this season and has thrown his toys out of the pram on a number of occasions.
Aside from pledging his loyalty to Warnock in one breath and declaring his love for Paris in another, he denied storming out of Loftus Road after being substituted against Fulham and then catching a bus home, despite a QPR fan tweeting a picture of herself with the striker and her boyfriend as they waited for the number 38.
He also showed a distinct lack of enthusiasm for playing against the smaller teams in France, saying: “There are only four big matches to play. Without being disrespectful, playing at Evian and Dijon is not that exciting.”
This is not the kind of statement a prospective employer would want to hear, so for PSG to still be interested he is going to have to score a serious amount of goals between now and January.
At least Taarabt is realistic about his chances of getting his ‘dream’ move as he went on to say: “I am under no illusion. I know I am not Leonardo’s priority.”
Neil Warnock is also resigned to losing the player, stating anyone that wants to leave the club can do so.
Speaking after the Blackburn game, Warnock said: “My message is the same with every player at the club, not just Adel. If a player wants to leave, he can leave. I’ve never had a problem with that.
“It is only six weeks since Adel said he would never play for his country again and then he scores a goal and kisses the coach. That’s Adel. You take everything with a pinch of a salt.
“I think it is just in his court, really. If he wants to get the move that allegedly he has talked about, the best way of doing that is playing well.”Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!