REDKNAPP IN FRESH DIG AT ‘OVERWEIGHT’ MOROCCO ACE
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.
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.”
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