Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt has no intention of plying his trade with his parent club in the Championship next season, and has his heart set on remaining in Italy with giants AC Milan on a permanent basis.
The Moroccan, who joined Clarence Seedorf’s men in January on loan for the rest of the campaign after a brief stint with Fulham, has impressed at the San Siro having scored four league goals - bolstering their hopes of Europa League football next season.
Whilst his time in the game has been blighted by issues regarding arrogance and a low work ethic, Milan are said to have been impressed with him and could offer the West London club around £4million for his services.
Harry Redknapp is known to still hold hope of a return, but accepts the lure of such a European super-power could be difficult to turn down.
The former Tottenham boss has also accepted that Loic Remy is unlikely to return to Loftus Road, with the French forward said to be attracting interest from the likes of Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Liverpool.
Speaking after Milan's 1-0 derby triumph over local rivals Inter, Taarabt made no secret of his desire to remain with the Rossoneri beyond the end of this campaign, with the Italian league season climaxing next weekend.
“With this shirt, I played at the San Siro and in the Champions League,” he is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.
“We are in negotiations so that I can stay here and I hope to stay at Milan, as with this jersey I manage to give 100 per-cent.
“In England I played behind the strikers, but here at Milan I have a different role and I prefer it.”
On whether Milan could usurp their rivals and nab a place in the Europa League in what has proved the most turbulent of seasons, the maverick was cautiously upbeat.
“We only lost against Roma (2-0) but won all the other matches, including the derby, so that is very important for the fans.
“Now we have to focus on Atalanta and Sassuolo, as it is all still open for Europe and we hope some other results are favourable towards us.”
Taarabt’s arrival is expected to trigger the start of a summer overhaul, with Paris St Germain’s former Chelsea defender Alex also expected to be a Milan player from the summer onwards.
Ambitious moves for Robin Van Persie and Edin Dzeko, however, are doomed to fail.
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