ADEL TAARBT has landed in Italy today and is set to become the 4th signing of this January mercato, coming on loan.
Milan are ready to sign another player as after Keisuke Honda, Adil Rami and Michael Essien, the 24-year-old Adel Taarabt will join the squad of Clarence Seedorf and will try to help them reach a Serie A place that leads to a European competition.
Clarence Seedorf seems to believe that Taarabt can add something to his attack. At first Milan had tried to exchange him with 31-year-old Cristian Zaccardo but after that fell through, Milan decided to take Taarabt anyways and he’s landed today.
“I am very happy. It’s an honour to play at the strongest team in Italy. I’ve already spoken with Seedorf and he told me what he expects from me. I can’t wait to play,” the Moroccan, whose loan spell at Fulham has been cut short, said at the Linate airport on Thursday. “My role? I like to play in the role of the attacking midfielder but can also play on the right or left wing.
“Balotelli? I don’t know him personally but it’s a great honour for me to play with him. I’m a player who likes to attack, score goals, make assists, dribble. My jersey number? I’ve worn number 7 and 10 in the past, but I’ll take whichever number is available. A message to the Milan fans? I’ll always try to give my best, and let’s hope that we’ll have a good time together. Flavio Briatore? He was my president at QPR and we have a great relationship. I’m sure that he’s happy that I’m at Milan.
“A message for the Moroccans? I hope to make them proud because I’m the first Moroccan to play for Milan. I’m glad to be coached by Seedorf and can’t wait to play with Kaka and Balotelli.” There is no buy-out clause in Taarabt’s contract as Milan and QPR, who still own him, will discuss what to do at the end of the season. The 24-year-old can obviously play in the CL.
Briatore, who reportedly recommended Milan to go for the forward, commented on the move: “Taarabt is a great player. My Queens Park Rangers made it to the EPL because of him. I have told many good things about him to Adriano Galliani.”