Taarabt aims to be new Zidane

Spurs midfielder hoping to make impact

Taarabt: Ambitious

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Tottenham midfielder Adel Taarabt is hoping to live up to his billing as the new Zinedine Zidane.

Taarabt was given the nickname 'Zizou' as a youngster when somebody noticed he had a similar background to the former France star.

His agent Rudy Raba has claimed Taarabt can be as successful as Zidane, and he admits it would be a dream come true to have such a career.

"I am hoping to become that but it is my agent's opinion," Taarabt told The Times.

"Other people have said this as well. I just want to reach that level.

"I love getting the ball and running at people. The supporters love it and that's what I try and do when I come on."

Taarabt has only made five substitute appearances for Spurs, and has had few chances to impress in his favourite position behind the front two.

He has mostly been used on the left but insists he is happy to play anywhere for Martin Jol.

"It's not my position but if the coach asks me to play there then I will give 100 per cent," he said.

Taarabt added: "I didn't know much about this club (before I came here) , but I did know Spurs were one of the top five teams in England."