The controversial Moroccan international has not performed at his best in the Premier League this season after starring for the R's in their Championship domination last term and Warnock hopes he can start to focus on his game rather than listening to people close to him regarding a potential transfer abroad.
"It would be easy to toss him to one side, but I have a lot of time for him and he is a lovely lad," Warnock said.
"Like quite a lot of professionals in the game, especially those from abroad, they get a lot of people around them or what I call 'advisors'.
"As I said to Adel, if you finish in football next week you might find you lose one or two of those 'advisors'.
"But that is life, that is growing up and he is honest for a young lad.
"It is hard for him when people put a lot of things in his mind.
"I have said to him that whatever happens, whether he stays here, goes in January, goes at the end of the season, that he has to work and train for Adel Taarabt, not these people.
"They won't make him better and I think it is a shame.
"Adel can always [make money] but he is better than that. I will be sad if he ends up going to make some money because I think he has great ability."