Morrocan star addresses media after securing loan move to Milan
AC Milan officially presented midfield playmaker Adel Taarabt to the media on Wednesday afternoon, with the former Tottenham star admitting that he is looking forward to his new challenge.
The 24-year-old agreed to a loan deal for the remainder of the season from Fulham, with parent club QPR giving him permission to continue the campaign in Italy.
While sceptics have been surprised at his move to join the Italian giants, Taarabt revealed on arrival in the city that he had spoken with coach Clarence Seedorf and that both were delighted he was joining the club.
Milan’s interest in Taarabt is long-standing, although he caused controversy with comments in December 2012 when he suggested that the Rossoneri were perhaps a stepping stone to bigger things.
However, he described the club as being the “biggest in Italy” after his loan deal was completed, and he will now be keen to repay the faith shown in him by Seedorf and the club by performing well in the coming months.
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It is unclear as to when the Moroccan will make his debut in the Dutchman’s 4-2-3-1 system, although Taarabt has previously revealed that he is looking forward to the opportunity of playing alongside Mario Balotelli.
“I’ve got loads of enthusiasm and once I passed the medical tests and completed all the admin, it was a dream come true signing for Milan,” he said, as reported by Football Italia.
“I’m honoured to be here, I’m at a top club. It’s a big change for me and I cannot wait to make my debut with this shirt.”
Taarabt has also been included in Milan’s Champions League squad list as they prepare to face Atletico Madrid in the knock-out phase of the tournament later this month.
Adriano Galliani was also in attendance at the press conference, and revealed his belief that Milan will benefit from the Moroccan’s arrival as they will place a greater emphasis on attacking football under Seedorf.