Taarabt claims Tottenham deal
By Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Adel Taarabt claims he has signed a contract for the next five years at Tottenham.
Adel Taarabt claims he has signed a contract at Tottenham that will keep him at White Hart Lane for the next five years.
The French youngster joined the North London club on loan from Lens during the January transfer window, with a view to a permanent move.
Taarabt is enjoying his new surroundings and says he has already committed to Martin Jol's side for the long-term.
However, the permanent deal can only become official when the midfielder turns 18 at the end of May.
Taarabt, who played the final 25 minutes of Spurs' defeat to Chelsea on Saturday, is delighted with his decision to move to the Premiership.
"I am not on loan, I have signed for five years but the contract will be official when I am 18 years of age," he told RMC.
"It is a nice story for me. I belong to Spurs. I feel very good, this club trusts youngsters and there are French players Pascal Chimbonda and Steed Malbranque, and Didier Zokora and Teemu Tainio speak French.
"I was watched by Tottenham scouts when I played with the France Under 17 team.
"I asked Lens to play, but they told me I was too young. Spurs representatives told me I would regularly play with them, so I immediately agreed to move. They love French people there.
"In England you have to attack for the fans. Even if you lead 3-1 at home, you add more strikers, whereas in France you replace strikers with defenders."
Meanwhile, Taarabt has stated his desire to represent France in international football, despite also being eligible to play for Morocco.
"I am French, my family is from Morocco but I would prefer to play for France," he added.