RED­KNAPP IN FRESH DIG AT ‘OVER­WEIGHT’ MOROCCO ACE

Midweek Sport - - SPORTS - By PHIL CAD­DEN

THE war of words be­tween Harry Red­knapp and Adel Taarabt con­tin­ued yes­ter­day with the QPR boss claim­ing he only lost weight be­cause he’s been ILL.

Taarabt hit out at his man­ager’s com­ments that he was “three stone over­weight” and unfit to play for the Premier League strug­glers after re­leas­ing pic­tures to show his slim­line stom­ach in a bid to prove his point.

But Red­knapp has stuck the boot in AGAIN on the Moroc­can, 25, as their ar­gu­ment con­tin­ues to rum­ble on.

The Rangers man­ager said: “The only rea­son he has lost weight is be­cause he has had ton­sil­li­tis.

“That’s the only way he could get any weight off him­self.

“He’s not fit to play a game and that’s the truth.

“He is the worst pro­fes­sional I’ve ever come across and I’ve been his only ally at QPR for the past three years.

“He doesn’t try. I’ve pro­tected him for too long.

“Even I could suck my stom­ach in for a pic­ture and look OK.”

Red­knapp has also dis­missed Taarabt’s claim that he is al­ways on the phone and has no in­ter­est in train­ing.

Li­a­bil­ity

The mid­fielder claimed that Red­knapp “spends most of the time in his of­fice and never takes a ses­sion”.

But ’Arry boomed: “I’m the first one at the train­ing ground ev­ery day at 7am and I’m al­ways on the train­ing field.”

Taarabt was left out of Rangers’ 3-2 de­feat against Liver­pool last Sun­day with Red­knapp main­tain­ing he was no longer part of his plans as he’s a “li­a­bil­ity”.

Red­knapp claimed: “When we were last in the Premier League we played Man United at home on a Satur­day lunchtime.

“I had a phone call telling me Adel had been in a casino un­til 5am that morn­ing.

“I pulled him in and asked whether it was true. He told me that he hadn’t been in a casino that morn­ing, but he might have been there the day be­fore.

“After we had been rel­e­gated last year, we went to Ex­eter to get ready for a sea­son in the Cham­pi­onship.

“I had to leave to have a knee op­er­a­tion. Steve McClaren was work­ing with me at the time.

“As soon as I left, he sent Adel home be­cause he wasn’t up to it.

“The fit­ness coaches at QPR, every­body tells me he doesn’t try. He doesn’t want to run around.

“I’ve tried to pro­tect him, but it’s time the fans know what’s go­ing on.”

But de­spite all that, Taarabt could yet have a fu­ture at Lof­tus Road.

Red­knapp added: “If some­thing comes off this and it sparks some life into him, great.

“I’d love him to prove me wrong. Then at least we might get some­thing for our money.”

NO MORE MR NICE GUY: Harry Red­knapp says he’s had enough of pro­tect­ing some­one who doesn’t try

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