Taarabt has big part to play for QPR, says Redknapp

The new Rs manager has allayed fears that the Moroccan playmaker could be on his way out of the club after the 65-year-old sold him while in charge of Tottenham

New QPR boss Harry Redknapp has assured Adel Taarabt that he still has a role to play with the Rs, despite selling the attacker when the pair were at Tottenham together.

Redknapp, who branded the Moroccan a "fruitcake" last year, sold Taarabt to QPR in August 2010 after the 23-year-old had impressed on two loan spells at Loftus Road.

But the new Rs boss does not foresee any problems with the midfielder and is looking forward to working with Taarabt again, a player he insists he had wanted to keep at White Hart Lane.

“He was alright with me, Adel," Redknapp told reporters. "I think he has improved. His attitude is good and he has got bags of ability.

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"I wouldn't have let him go, in all honesty - I said that at the time - I would have kept him at Tottenham. It was just he couldn't get into the side and the chairman decided if he wasn't going to play, we might as well sell him and get a big sell-on if he made a success at QPR.

"That's why I let him go. I would have kept him around because I always felt he was a player you could bring off the bench and he could change a game for you. But Adel is okay. He's got a part to play for us, for sure."