Arsenal and Chelsea are in race to sign me says QPR star

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Chelsea and Arsenal have made enquiries about Queens Park Rangers captain Adel Taarabt claims the midfielder in an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe.

In the interview concerning his retirement from the Moroccan team, Taraabt is asked if he knows where he will play next season and responds: “No, not yet. QPR demand £10m for me and for now, the clubs do not move too much.”

“I had contact with Arsenal and Chelsea but it’s a little mess. Arsenal have not yet sold Fabregas and as for Chelsea, they do not have a coach… we’ll see.

“In any case, I would like to stay in London as it’s the best city in the world. At Queens Park Rangers? Why not?

“When I talked with the coach he told me that the club would seek the top 8. For our first season in the Premier League, it would not hurt.”

QPR are 4/11 to stay up next season as the punters expect them to use their financial clout this summer, but even the most optimistic of QPR fans would realise the 100/1 for them to finish in the top four is a ridiculous bet.

Taarabt was easily the best player in the Championship last season with his performances earning many admirers, including a certain Jose Mourinho if reports in January are to be believed, but today’s comments would suggest QPR fans should plan for the future.

I’m sure Taarabt doesn’t know the ins and outs of Arsenal football club but his comment regarding Fabregas suggests he is being lined up by Arsenal to replace Fabregas and has been told this in the contact between the two parties.

However it’s difficult to see Wenger paying £10m for the 22-year-old and while Chelsea may consider him as a potential replacement for Lampard, it’s unlikely the Moroccan will make the move south.

Should QPR flex their financial muscles in this transfer window then we Taarabt may consider staying, but for now the Moroccan is looking to engineer a move to a bigger club.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.