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I’m late to this particular story, but QPR midfielder, Adel Taarabt, has claimed that his agent has spoken to AC Milan over a move to the San Siro, but a transfer depends on the future of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, Javier Pastore and AC Milan forward, Robinho. Why Taarabt cited the Brazilian, I don’t know, but having come razor close to joining Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2011, only for Pastore to be chosen in favour of Taarabt, the Moroccan has said that he will never move to Paris Saint-Germain as long as Leonardo, the Director of Football at PSG and Pastore remain at the club, after Leonardo “spoke ill” of Taarabt.
Ever the ambitious chap, Taarabt spoke of Milan’s ebb away from Europe’s elite and that whilst the Rossoneri are going through mean times, performing well for them could propel him to “huge clubs, like Real Madrid or Barcelona”.
Never one to limit himself to just three European super powers, Taarabt then said, “I’d leave London only for Manchester United, the club of my dreams, where there is no number 10. For Mr Ferguson I’d also stay silent on the bench and I would work hard.” Maybe Taarabt missed the transfer of Shinji Kagawa, from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United in the summer of 2012, but you feel the threat of Japan’s star player doesn’t register on the radar of a man whose ambition lies in Spain, when he hasn’t even figured out how to become a force for a team threatened by relegation.
In times of animosity, true talents rise to the fore and although Taarabt was brilliant in the Championship when things flowed for him, he’s struggled regularly in the Premier League when things have gone against him. Taarabt, for all his natural skill, is a luxury player, and a dangerous one at that, but not to other teams, yet more himself and those he plays with.
Over the past two season playing Premier League football, Taarabt has scored six goal in forty-one appearances for QPR, assisting a paltry five, which is a woeful tally for an attacking midfielder. This isn’t a player in AC Milan form, this is a player who still has no identity, who sees every club he plays for as a stepping stone to something greater. He hasn’t focused on what he can actually do, and how he can improve as a player and a person, for he’s had his eye on the impossible without tending to himself. How can one grow when one is so intoxicated by delusions of grandeur?
Robinho or no Robinho, Taarabt wearing the famous black and red of AC Milan is a million miles away from realisation. For now, he must focus on developing his own game, fighting for QPR and realising his own identity, otherwise the distance between him an AC Milan will grow only further.