Taarabt welcomes added pressure

  • Last Updated: July 12 2012, 7:38 BST

Adel Taarabt believes the increased competition at QPR will result in him and his team-mates raising their game next season.

Taarabt welcomes added pressure

The west Londoners only narrowly escaped an immediate return to the npower Championship last term, with only a point separating them from relegated Bolton.

QPR have been quick to improve their squad over the summer, with Park Ji-sung and Robert Green among the six signings made by Mark Hughes.

Taarabt, who signed a new contract at Loftus Road on Wednesday, has welcomed the additions and believes they will help motivate the squad.

"It is good because before we didn't have the big names and some people knew they were going to play all season," he said.

"Now we know we are bringing in players and if you don't play good then maybe you're going to lose your place in the starting XI.

"This is good, it puts on pressure to make you play well.

"With the signings we have made, hopefully we will not be fighting relegation again.

"We want to improve and we are going to do our best to get as good a place as we can."

Taarabt admits such changes played a major part in him signing a new deal.

The 23-year-old has long been linked with a move away from Loftus Road, but yesterday signed a three-year contract extension to keep him at the club until 2016.

Asked if he could have envisaged playing alongside the likes of Park when he first joined the club, Taarabt said: "No, not at all because when I signed we were in the Championship. I was not thinking of the Premier League.

"Even last year when we were there we were not thinking the club would have this ambition and sign players like Park Ji-sung, but the chairman has big ambitions.

"We have a great manager and they want to improve so that is why I have taken the decision to sign a new long-term contract with Queens Park Rangers."

As well as signing a new deal, Taarabt has been handed the number 10 jersey at QPR - worn previously by the likes of Stan Bowles, Rodney Marsh and Kevin Gallen.

The move, which will see the vacated number seven shirt worn by new signing Park, has been welcomed by the Morocco international.

"I am very proud to wear that shirt," he said. "I am very happy to have this number.

"There is a little bit of pressure but it is good pressure."