QPR playmaker Adel Taarabt is determined to play for Morocco in the African Nations Cup.

Hoops manager Harry Redknapp last week revealed he had asked Taarabt to miss the tournament to stay and help struggling QPR in their battle to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

"I will do everything I can to prove to him that I deserve to be there,' Taarabt told the African football blog on lequipe.fr.

Discussing Redknapp's request for him to stay in London, Taarabt said: "He came to see me to ask me not to go but I told him, 'If they call me, I can't refuse, boss. I love my country, I love the Moroccan people and football means a lot to them'.

"I warned him that the only solution was that the coach doesn't call me up."