Wednesday 11 July 2012
Queens Park Rangers have announced that midfielder Adel Taarabt has signed a new deal with the club.
The 23-year-old Moroccan has committed himself to the Barclays Premier League side until 2016 after signing a three-year contract extension.
"I am very pleased to have signed this new contract," Taarabt told the club's official website. "When I first arrived here I honestly thought it would just be for a short period but I love this club and the people here have really helped me and I am very happy to be here.
"We really want to move up the Premier League table"
- Adel Taarabt
"I had a tough start to the season last year, but I worked hard and I have really enjoyed it under Mark Hughes.
"The club is getting bigger and bigger, and with a new training ground and talk of a new stadium it is very exciting.
"In the time I have been here QPR's ambition has changed. Last year the aim was to stay in the Premier League.
"We achieved this and now we want to progress and improve. Nobody is speaking about what we can achieve but we really want to move up the Premier League table."
Taarabt, who joined QPR from Tottenham Hotspur in 2010, played a key role in helping the club remain in the Barclays Premier League last season, scoring goals in the important victories over Arsenal and Spurs.
And QPR boss Mark Hughes said he was delighted with the news that Taarabt will stay with the club for the foreseeable future.
"It is important that we keep good, young players at QPR because that is going to drive what we want to do and Adel is a big part of that," said Hughes.
"There is no question he can produce moments of skill that not many players can"
- Mark Hughes on Taarabt
"There is no question he can produce moments of skill that not many players can.
"And you need those game-changing players who can do something unexpected because that can be the difference between winning and losing in tight games.
"I have seen a real effort from Adel and the quality of his work last year was good, both in an attacking sense and defensively. He has embraced what we are trying to do."
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has left the club to join Leeds United for an undisclosed fee.
The 34-year-old, who spent two years at Loftus Road after switching from Sheffield United in 2010, teams up again with former QPR boss Neil Warnock.
"I've loved every single minute of my time at QPR," he said. "It's been an incredible two years."