QPR’s Taarabt hits back at Harry: ‘Redknapp spends most time in his office, never takes sessions’ [Mail]

The Daily Mail have given QPR’s Adel Taarabt the opportunity to have his say on comments made by his manager Harry Redknapp earlier in the week claiming the Moroccan is three stone overweight.

Redknapp fumed against Taarabt following QPR’s 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday.

Now Taarabt, showing off his bare chest, has made the following claims back in his gaffer’s direction:

[Redknapp] spends most of the time in his office but when he gets off the phone he comes down to watch for five or 10 minutes – he never takes a session. That’s when he said he had it in mind to start me against Liverpool.

I am a professional – this is not about retaliation, this is about protecting my reputation.

Just because we are losing games I am not going to kick the ball in the stands. My job is to create, bring goals to the team. Maybe he expects me to make more tackles. I am not this type of player. I can only get fitness playing Premier League. You can train six or seven hours, but you won’t be fit.

The training sessions aren’t the same standard as Milan, or what I would expect under another manager. They are not as intense, the players aren’t as motivated. It is the same as we used to do at Tottenham years ago. When we played West Ham he told the players “you’re not fit, you’re not this, you’re not that”.

I said “but the problem is we don’t have any plan in the game, we don’t know how to press as a team. It’s not about just running around, you need to play with your brain”.

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