Warnock expecting Taarabt exit

The 22-year-old playmaker was a key catalyst in their Championship

triumph last season and picked up the Football League Player of the

Year accolade for his performances, leading to speculation linking

him with a host of elite European clubs. Premier League giants

Arsenal and Chelsea have been mooted as potential destinations,

while the likes of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Paris

Saint-Germain have also shown an interest in the midfielder. The

latter have reportedly made a £13.5million bid for the player

and Warnock admits Taarabt’s departure seems inevitable. “He is

missing his family in Marseille,” Warnock told the London Evening

Standard. “If we get a big offer from a club in France that

obviously gives him a chance to be closer to them. That would be a

big pull. “PSG have made an enquiry and they obviously offer him

the chance to be nearer to home, although there is a Spanish club

being mentioned as well. “As far as his talk of wanting to go to

Chelsea or Arsenal, I know he has a lot of friends at Arsenal.

“Flavio Briatore [QPR’s co-owner] is dealing with the negotiations.

He is keeping me informed of the situation and at this precise

moment he won’t be leaving because no one has met the asking

price.” Taarabt moved to England in 2007 to link-up with Spurs

after rising through the ranks at French club RC Lens. The Morocco

international failed to establish himself at White Hart Lane but

started to fulfil his undoubted ability after moving to west

London. Warnock believes his understanding approach has been key to

Taarabt’s change in fortunes and that the midfielder will

eventually regret his decision to leave the club. “My advice to him

is to stay until Christmas, get some experience and show people

what he can do. That may fall on deaf ears unfortunately. It’s sad.

“I don’t think I have ever spent so much time trying to get the

best out of one individual and I think he will regret leaving.”