Moroccan international could be in line for debut this weekend.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp has insisted that new AC Milan signing Adel Taarabt must “knuckle down” and make the most of the chance he has been given.
The 24-year-old secured a loan move to Milan for the remainder of the season last week, and has admitted he is “honoured to be playing for the biggest club in Italy”.
Having originally been on loan at Fulham from QPR, Redknapp admits that he is shocked how Taarabt has managed to find himself in his current situation, but wishes the Moroccan international well.
“I hope he does well there, good luck to him,” Redknapp told reporters, according to Football Italia.
“He went to Fulham but it didn’t work out, he couldn’t get a game.
“It’s an amazing game, isn’t it? You can’t get a game at Fulham at the bottom of the Premier League and then you go to Milan!
“Years ago to get to Milan you had to be a world-class superstar.
“So it’s a great move for him and I hope he knuckles down and does well. He’s got the talent, it’s just himself.”
It is unclear at this stage as to when Taarabt will make his debut for the Rossoneri, although Kaka is struggling with illness this week which could open up a spot in the line-up ahead of the trip to face Napoli on Saturday night.
The former QPR star has insisted that he will play anywhere across the three-man attack in Clarence Seedorf’s 4-2-3-1 system, with the Dutchman claiming this week that he cares little about Taarabt’s past, and has already seen in training that he is capable of being an important part of the squad.
With Milan still struggling domestically, Taarabt has also revealed his hope of being able to play a role in helping the Italian giants progress in the Champions League.
Milan face Atletico Madrid in the first knockout phase of the competition, with the first leg at the San Siro on February 19.