Adel Taarabt loved scoring on his Milan debut on loan from QPR. “I have four months to prove I can play here.”
The forward found the net just seven minutes into his Serie A bow, though the Rossoneri went on to lose that game 3-1 against Napoli.
“It is a dream to be at Milan and scoring on my debut is fantastic. I hope it is just the beginning of a great adventure,” he told Milan Channel.
“It was my most important goal, because I scored it with the Rossoneri jersey.”
The curling finish was said by some to resemble a finish Zinedine Zidane used to do.
“Zidane has always been my idol, so I’m happy one of my goals is compared to his. I’ve settled in quickly and Clarence Seedorf told me from the start I would have three training sessions and then play against Napoli.
“I have another four months to prove I can play here, because I want to stay at Milan. My role? I prefer to play behind the striker.”
The defeat to Napoli was overshadowed by the sight of Mario Balotelli crying on the bench and Taarabt explained why.
“He is going through a difficult time and wanted to score in Naples for his daughter. We need to stay close to him, as he is a great player who needs love and we need Mario.
“We’ve already bonded and he is helping me a great deal. We took a walk together in Naples and we had to sneak out the back to avoid being seen, as Mario’s popularity in Italy is incredible.”
It is remarkable that Taarabt interrupted his six-month loan spell at Fulham because he couldn’t get playing time, yet has already scored in Serie A.
“I don’t know why I didn’t play at Fulham, but now I am at Milan where there are many important players.
“My debut went even better than I expected, but I know that I can do much more. My objective is to remain here and get Milan to take up their option on me.
“It was a special feeling to make my debut against Napoli, as I am a great admirer of Diego Maradona, so thinking that I was playing in his home stadium was exciting.
“Playing at San Siro on Friday against Bologna will also be exceptional and against Atletico Madrid even more so.
“I’ve never played in the Champions League, so it will be a truly unforgettable moment.”
One of the reasons Taarabt was signed by Milan in January is that he’s not cup-tied, unlike fellow mid-season arrival Keisuke Honda.
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