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Taarabt delighted with Jol link-up

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 1 Jan 1970


Playing for Martin Jol again was the motivating factor behind Adel Taarabt’s loan switch to Fulham from QPR.

The Moroccan midfielder agreed a temporary switch to Craven Cottage in order to fulfil his wish of playing Premier League football this season.

Dutchman Jol first brought the 24-year-old to England when he signed him for Tottenham from French club Lens in 2007.

And Taarabt said the promise of top-flight football coupled with a reunion with Jol meant Fulham was his preferred destination.

“I know Martin well, he brought me to England when I was 17 years old so when I heard he was interested in me I said I wanted to join Fulham, because the most important thing is the manager,” Taarabt told the club’s official website.

“The club is in London (so) I don’t have to move, and the club is in the Premier League so the two things were very important for me, to play in the Premier League and a manager that really wants me.”

Taarabt is looking forward to linking up with striker Dimitar Berbatov, and sees his best position as an advanced forward.

“I am looking forward to it. I’m a big fan of Dimitar Berbatov because when I was at Tottenham he was already a star and I was just a young kid who just arrived,” he continued.

“So when I went to watch the games he was unbelievable, now I have the chance to play with him hopefully we can understand each other and we can play good together and score some goals.

“My best position is behind the striker, as a number 10, but I can (also) play on the left, I will do my best wherever I play.”


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