Taarabt responds to criticism from QPR boss Redknapp

Adel Taarabt has replied to criticism from Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp after Redknapp claimed the midfielder was overweight and not trying hard enough in matches, ESPN has reported.

Redknapp accused Taarabt of not trying hard enough in a reserve game in midweek and said the former Milan loan player was not in shape. Redknapp made the comments after the R’s were beaten by Liverpool, losing 3-2 after conceding two own goals in a game in which Taarabt was not involved. “It’s just not true. I’m not doing this to retaliate but I have to protect my reputation,” Taarabt said.

“I am one kilo lighter than the weight I was when I was on loan at Milan last season. I’m 85 kilos and have always been between 84 and 86,” he continued. “Why did he want to talk about me when I was not even involved in the Liverpool game? I was shocked. He is an experienced manager and should have been able to control the situation.

“I am fit to play, 100%. I am not injured. The training game he is talking about was with Wolves. Afterwards he said he was thinking of starting me against Liverpool. Yet I wasn’t even one of the substitutes. I’ve spoken to a few of the players and they all say he has gone too far.”

Taarabt has been at QPR since a 2009 loan move to Loftus Road, signing permanently a year later. He spent the first half of last season on loan at Fulham before switching to Serie A, and explained that despite QPR’s poor form, he can’t change the way he plays to suit Redknapp.

“Just because we are losing games, I am not going to kick the ball in the stands. My job is to create, bring goals to the team. Maybe he expects me to make more tackles. I am not this type of player,” he said. “I can only get fitness playing [in the] Premier League. You can train six or seven hours, but you won’t be fit.”

Taarabt also questioned the managerial approach of former Tottenham Hotspur boss Redknapp, questioning his commitment to QPR and the team’s tactics. “He spends most of the time in his office, but when he gets off the phone he comes down to watch for five or 10 minutes. He never takes a [full] session,” the Morocco international claimed.

“The problem is we don’t have any plan in the game, we don’t know how to press as a team,” Taarabt went on. “It’s not about just running around, you need to play with your brain. If you work as a team you run less. If somebody sprints 100 metres they play a triangle around him and you are never going to get the ball.”

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