Taarabt told Canal+: "He (Leonardo) called Flavio Briatore, but the first thing he said was: 'OK, but there is Adel's temper...'
"Flavio just replied: 'It is up to you to know how to manage it. We could manage it last season he helped us back into the Premier League.'
"That is just an excuse from Leonardo not to sign me because he had other priorities. He preferred (Jeremy) Menez, (Javier) Pastore and even wanted Ganso.
"The Qatar officials told me 'Do another great six months and in January we will be back'.
"However, I am under no illusion. I know I am not Leonardo's priority."