Arsenal & Chelsea playmaker target opens Napoli door

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QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt admits he's flattered to be linked with a move to Napoli.

The Moroccan international, who was reportedly on the radar of both Arsenal and Chelsea during the summer transfer window, has struggled to make a major impact in the Barclays Premier League following the west London club's promotion from the Npower Championship last term.

Taarabt suggested he's happy with his current club for now, but wouldn't rule out a move away from Loftus Road in the future.

"I am flattered by my name being linked with an enormous club like Napoli who the best player of all time (Diego Maradona) played for," he told

"QPR know there is interest so it is up to them but I am happy to win games for them and the future will tell.

"For the moment I am happy here."

Back in June, Taarabt suggested he may replace Cesc Fabregas at the Emirates, although a £10 million move to join compatriot Marouane Chamakh at Arsenal failed to materialise.

"QPR will demand £10million pounds for me, and for now, the clubs do not move too much," he said at the time.

"I had contact with Arsenal and Chelsea, but it is a little muddled [difficult].

"Arsenal have not yet sold [Cesc] Fabregas, and as for Chelsea, they do not yet have a coach, so we will see."

Instead, the Gunners brought Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun to the club, with Wenger spending big to strengthen in a number of other areas at Arsenal.

Chelsea, meanwhile, spent big to bring a handful of young players to Stamford Bridge, with Romelu Lukaku, Juan Mata and Oriol Romeu all swelling the ranks under new manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Whilst Taarabt fits AVB's philosophy of signing youth talent, a move to Chelsea now appears highly unlikely.

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