Taarabt in Benfica trouble
Moroccan international forward Adel Taarabt is in trouble at Benfica after being spotted in a Lisbon just hours before a game.
Taarabt, 26, fell out of favour with QPR last season making just eight first-team appearances for the club. The former Former Tottenham Hotspur playmaker left Loftus Road in July after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent. He moved to Benfica on a five-year deal in August but was immediately told to lose 1.5kg before he would be considered for the first team. While he claims to have lost the required weight he has to even make the Benfica bench.
French newspaper L’Equipe reports that Taarabt was spotted at a Lisbon nightclub at 3.30 on Saturday morning. Benfica rules require players to be in at 11pm the night before a game. Portugese media outlets are now speculating that Benfica may try to cancel Taarabt’s contract without him having played a single minute for the club. He is already one of Benfica’s highest-paid players with a salary of €1million a year after tax. That equates to a gross salary of around £25-30,000 a week gross.
Portugese newspaper Correio da Manhã says club president Luis Filipe Vieira may decide to try and sell Taarabt in the January transfer market. Having signed him on a free transfer Benfica would be likely to receive nothing more than a nominal fee.