Fulham loan signing Taarabt determined to prove doubters wrong

Adel Taarabt is determined to shake his bad-boy tag while on-loan at Fulham. The QPR midfielder made the switch last week.

Adel Taarabt is determined to shake his bad-boy tag while on-loan at Fulham.

The QPR midfielder made the switch last week.

He said: "QPR wanted me to stay, but having played Premier League last season I wanted it again this year. I didn’t want to drop back. When they told me Fulham were interested I told them I wanted to come here.

"Saying I do not want to play in the Championship does not make me a bad person. I was very lucky coming here because Martin Jol knows me not just as a footballer but as a person too. He knows the real Adel Taarabt.

"He signed me at Spurs when I was 17. Everyone says I am a bad boy but not Martin. Yes, I can get a bit upset on the pitch, who doesn’t? I just want to win badly and I need to play well. The manager knows that.

"People who say I am a lazy footballer won’t be saying that after Saturday’s game at Sunderland. It was hard because for three months I was training very much on my own and I only played 20 minutes against Parma. My fitness isn’t where I want it to be, so while it was a good game for me it was also a very hard one and I’m so pleased I lasted 90 minutes.

"A lot of people criticize me and give me a bad image. I don’t know why. I am not this guy they paint a bad picture of. They call me lazy and I only play when I feel like it but this is not true. I love football and all I want to do is be on the pitch."

 
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