QPR dazzler Taarabt: Spurs boss Redknapp convinced me to stay in England

QPR star Adel Taarabt admits Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp helped rescue his career.

Taarabt never settled at Spurs, but admits Redknapp convinced him to stay in England.

"Martin Jol gave me time, but Juande Ramos really killed me," he told the London Evening Standard. "He didn't like me at all. He was treating me like a man. I was only 18 or 19. Even if he doesn't play me he could have come and given me advice. He never spoke to me. Just put me away in the reserves and said, 'I don't like him and I don't want to play him'."

Taarabt did not figure in Harry Redknapp's plans either and, within months of him taking over, Taarabt was loaned to QPR in March 2009.

"Even though Harry didn't play me a lot, he was good to me," Taarabt says. "He is one of the best English managers because he gave me advice, all the time. He told me, 'You can do unbelievable things. You have to keep working. This is England. You have to defend if you want to be a good player'.

"He told me: 'You've got the same ability as Luka Modric. But you have to work if you want to be like him'."

Last summer, Taarabt was planning a move to Spain but Redknapp convinced the Moroccan to stay in London.

"'Your football is in England, believe me', he said. 'Don't move to Spain because you're not going to enjoy that. England is the best'. I am very grateful to Harry for his advice."

 
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