Warnock Rejects Taarabt Talk

  • Last Updated: October 13 2011, 15:09 BST

QPR manager Neil Warnock has told Adel Taarabt and the rest of his squad they are free to leave the club if they wanted to.

Adel Taarabt: Transfer talk continues

Rangers have had to deal with speculation linking clubs with moves for their star players since their promotion to the Barclays Premier League, with talisman Taarabt the main subject of such reports.

The midfielder allegedly fuelled the flames further while on international duty with Morocco, with reports emerging that he told the media he wanted to leave QPR in January for financial reasons.

Warnock has taken the comments "with a pinch of salt" but admitted that Taarabt, like the rest of his squad, was free to leave the west Londoners if he so desired.

"He has not said anything to me [about wanting to leave]," Warnock said, speaking ahead of Saturday's clash with Blackburn.

"I do take it with a pinch of salt when they go abroad [and reports come out].

"It is only six weeks since Adel said he would never play for his country again and then he scores a goal and kisses the coach. That's Adel. You take everything with a pinch of a salt.

"My message is the same with every player at the club, not just Adel. If a player wants to leave, he can leave. I've never had a problem with that.

"But for all the talk of the offers we had, I never saw an allegedly massive offer from Paris St Germain.

"I know what they offered and by the time we paid Tottenham [their share of the deal] we would have been left with peanuts.

"I think it is just in his court, really. If he wants to get the move that allegedly he has talked about, the best way of doing that is playing well."

As well as being the subject of reports during the international break, Taarabt took up a large chunk of column inches in the aftermath of QPR's 6-0 defeat at Fulham.

The 22-year-old reportedly stormed out of Craven Cottage after being replaced at half-time and came face to face with his manager for the first time since the match on Thursday.

While admitting words with Taarabt were needed, Warnock rejected the notion that he was contradicting himself by protecting the midfielder after recent criticism of Manchester City's Carlos Tevez.

"I think that is between me and him now," he said. "I am going to speak to him and that's how it goes.

"I think if you have ever sat in Fulham's dressing room and you are 3-0 down at half-time, I don't think I'd want to stay there if I am honest.

"He has just got to realise that when you are in the spotlight like we all are you have to think a little bit further than the instant reaction.

"I wouldn't put Adel in the same [category] as Tevez, although I think he wishes he is on his money."

Meanwhile, QPR have confirmed that Patrick Agyemang has joined Millwall on a one-month loan deal.

The 31-year-old striker moves to The Den after he was left out of Rangers' 25-man Premier League squad.

Agyemang started two of QPR's first three league matches this season but summer signings such as DJ Campbell, Jay Bothroyd, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Jason Puncheon have since pushed him well down the pecking order at Loftus Road.