By Harvey Byrne
Former Tottenham youngster Adel Taarabt has revealed that he is seeking a return to France to revive his career, after a nightmare in Portugal.
The 27-year-old Benfica B player has struggled since his move to Portugal and he has named Marseille as the perfect club for him to go to.
Talking to The Sun, Taarabt said, “I just want a club that has trust in me. We are in talks with several clubs.
“[Marseilles] is the city where I grew up, where my parents live. It would be nice to go back home, to my family.
“For me it would be the perfect club, the one I need. With the experience I have, I know what a club like OM would expect of me.
“If I did go back, it would not be for fun. It would be nice to return to France, I miss it. I have been abroad for 10 years.”
The Morocco international joined Tottenham in January 2007, aged 17, on an initial loan spell from Lens, before the north London club made the deal permanent the following summer.
He made just 15 appearances for the White Hart Lane club and spent two loan spells at QPR before moving across London permanently.
The Moroccan was initially a success at QPR, before his work ethic and fitness were called into question by then manager Harry Redknapp.
“I pick people who want to try, who come in every day and work, train and show a good attitude,” said the former Spurs boss, as quoted by The Sun.
“When he starts doing that, if he ever can, maybe he’ll get a game. I can’t protect people who don’t want to run and train, and are about three stone overweight.
“What am I supposed to say? Keep getting your 60, 70 grand a week and don’t train?”
This prompted Taarabt to leave the club on loan, but he had unsuccessful spells at Fulham and AC Milan before moving to Benfica permanently last summer.
He still has four-years left on his current contract, but has failed to break into the senior team and is currently playing for Benfica B.
In other Tottenham team news, Newcastle have made an approach to sign in-demand Spurs defender DeAndre Yedlin.