Adel Taarabt, playing today under the colors of Al Nasr (United Arab Emirates), once wore the Tottenham Spurs jersey. A passage far from flamboyant (9 games, 0 goal in the Premier League), but enough to mark the spirits of his teammates in training. In particular that of a certain
Before wearing the colors of the Queen Park Rangers, Moroccan international Adel Taarabt first played for Tottenham between 2007 and 2008. A club several notches above, in which he did not win. At least in official competition. Because in training, whoever later wins the trophy for best Arab hope of the year 2011 treats. Especially Luka Modricwho wore the jersey of the English club between 2008 and 2012: “He called me Zizou. In training, he enjoyed himself. He told me it was amazing.” Taarabt recently confided during a live Twitter with
Soccer 212. As talented as we are, receiving such compliments from a Ballon d’Or vice-world champion and still on top at 37, it doesn’t happen every day.
⚽ Taarabt: “If I had been more patient…”
💎 The “future Zizou” was him. But Adel Taarabt chose another path. No regrets… except with regard to the @RCLens
🗨 He confides with humor and frankness
📽 The video ➡ https://t.co/B9xHnnWpxk#TeamMorocco #RCLens #lens pic.twitter.com/9F4PJAI7WL
— 90football (@90footballFr) February 9, 2023
Seedorf and Robinho also under the spell
If his incredible technique gave him zidannesque features according to Modrić, it is undoubtedly not the only one to have thought it. During his whirlwind stint at A.C. Milanduring the second half of the 2013-2014 season, Adel Taarabt
has, according to him, ceased to impress his coach Clarence Seedorf and his teammates:Second day (after his arrival at the club, editor’s note), I do a sick training. And Seedorf comes to see me after training and says: ah! There you have arrived! Because yesterday you weren’t here yet. And three or four days later, we will play in Napoli. After ten minutes, I take the ball from midfield and I dribble one, two, three players… And I scored my first goal that day. And after that match, Robinho came to see me and he said to me: how come I don’t know you? always according to Taarabt, Seedorf always ticked his name first on the scoresheet and he impressed his glorious teammates like Kaka more than he was impressed by them.