Redknapp blasts 'overweight' Taarabt

Oct 20, 2014 - 3:51 PM Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has blasted the weight and attitude of star midfielder Adel Taarabt who he said is carrying too many pounds to finish a game.

Redknapp demanded the 25-year-old Moroccan prove he was worth his weekly wage of about $US100,000 ($A108,000).

The Rangers boss hit out after his struggling side's narrow 3-2 defeat by Liverpool on Sunday.

Asked about Taarabt's injury status, Redknapp snapped.

"No, he's not fit: he's not fit to play football, unfortunately," said Redknapp.

"I can't keep protecting people who don't want to run about and train, who are about three stone (19kg) overweight."

Redknapp said the Moroccan had a problem attitude.

"He played in a reserve team game the other day, and I could have run about more than he did.

"So no, I can't pick him.

"I pick people that want to try, and deserve to be at a good football club like QPR, and want to work, and come in every day and want to work, and train, and show a good attitude.

"And that's what I got today from the players.

"When he starts doing that, whether he ever can do it, maybe he'll get a game.

"The other lads, I've got a fantastic group of lads here, absolutely superb, all of them."

"What am I supposed to keep saying, keep getting your 60, 70 grand ($A105,000-$A121,000) a week but don't train?

"What's the game coming to?

"The others are as good as gold," he said praising the side that were beaten by a last minute own goal by Steven Caulker.

Redknapp shrugged off speculation linking former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood and others with the Rangers' job. He said the side are improving after a chaotic pre-season.

"I couldn't give a monkey's about speculation," he said.

"There's no one could do any better here at the moment than me, I don't think.

"I hear other names mentioned, but they couldn't do any better than what I can do, that's for sure."

Source: AAP

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