Langley: Rangers need to keep Taarabt

Former QPR midfielder Richard Langley says the club should do all it can to keep Adel Taarabt, but believes the Moroccan has every right to want to move on.

Taarabt is keen to leave following Rangers’ relegation from the Premier League and a number of clubs have expressed some interest.

They include United Arab Emirates outfit Al Ain, who also enquired about the 24-year-old two years ago.

Langley, who made more than 180 appearances for the R’s, said: “People want to be entertained when they go to football and Taarabt gives you that.

“He’s a game changer and a match-winner. Historically, that’s what the fans like – having an entertainer on the pitch – and recently QPR haven’t had too many of those.

“Certainly for QPR this summer, one of the toughest things will be getting rid of some of the players that they have on the wage bill – that will be a massive task.

“But I don’t think Taarabt should be one of those they are looking to let go.”

Langley also believes Rangers were wrong to leave out Taarabt for parts of last season and that it could make it harder for them to keep him this summer.

He said: “I think it will be a struggle to hold on to Taarabt. A player like him has to be guaranteed first-team action and he wasn’t guaranteed that this year.

“I think he’s been QPR’s best player for the last three years and individually he got the club promoted from the Championship. It would be nice to see a bit of faith restored in him.

“I’m a QPR supporter but if I was Adel, after the way they’ve treated him, I would want to leave.”



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