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Adel Taarabt to remain at QPR

QPR's majority shareholders, Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone, have confirmed that their captain and playmaker Adel Taarabt will remain at the newly promoted club.

The Morocco international was QPR’s outstanding player last season in a year when the club secured the Championship title and automatic promotion. Taarabt was subsequently named Football League Player of the Year and attracted the attention of a number of important European clubs.

The 22-year-old was rumoured to be on the verge of joining Paris St Germain, however, QPR have now confirmed that they rejected a bid and that the former Tottenham player will be leading the club back into the Premier League.

‘We are pleased to confirm that Adel Taarabt will be staying at QPR this summer,' a statement released by Ecclestone and Briatore said. ‘Despite receiving a substantial bid for our Moroccan international, we rebuffed all approaches and, indeed, we are keen to build for the future in the Premier League and not sell one of our prized assets.’

‘Should we have decided to sell Taarabt this summer, we made it clear to [manager] Neil Warnock we would reinvest funds into the squad. Taarabt is fully committed to the club and is looking forward to proving his undoubted star quality for QPR in the Premier League. Our decision not to sell him only serves to reiterate the ambition and commitment we have shown to QPR since we arrived here.’

‘We have backed Neil Warnock in bringing in his two top targets, Jay Bothroyd and Kieron Dyer, and we are working hard to try to pursue a couple of other targets the coach has identified. Welsh international Danny Gabbidon has impressed the coach while on trial and we are aiming to add him, as well as at least one or two other players to our squad in the near future.’

The statement continued by underlining the board’s support for Warnock, however, the comment that they’ve asked him to tone down his abrasive interview style doesn’t appear to be a ringing endorsement.

‘Neil Warnock is our coach and we are working closely with him in a professional and confidential manner to try to achieve our aims and objectives," the statement added. The coach's job is to coach the squad and identify players he believes will improve the squad. We are aware of some issues that have been raised in the press by the coach, but we have discussed these with him and he has agreed to be more reserved in terms of what he discusses in the future.’

Despite the claim that they are building for a future in the Premier League the club's board has yet to really flex its economic muscles. It remains to be seen if Briatore and Ecclestone are willing to invest in the kind of players needed to reestablish QPR as a Premier League club in the long term.

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