Taarabt claims more interest

Influential midfielder insists he is happy playing for QPR

Taarabt: Claims there has been contact from Arsenal and Chelsea but he is happy at QPR

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Adel Taarabt insists he is happy at Queens Park Rangers, but claims Arsenal and Chelsea have made contact regarding a potential deal.

The Moroccan playmaker was an inspirational figure in helping QPR secure a return to the Premier League last season and has been linked with several clubs.

The former Tottenham Hotspur youngster suggested over the weekend that he would be open to a move to Newcastle United after being rated in the £10million bracket by QPR.

He has now claimed title contenders Arsenal and Chelsea have shown an interest in his services following his impressive impact at Loftus Road.

However, while Taarabt waits to see if any of his suitors follow up their interest, he also stressed he is enjoying playing for Neil Warnock's side.

Muddled

Speaking to L'Equipe, Taarabt said: "QPR will demand £10million for me, and for now, the clubs do not move too much.

"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.

"I would like to stay in London - it is the best city in the world, and with Queens Park Rangers? Why not?

"When I talked with the coach, he told me the club would aim to be in the top eight."