Adel Taarabt: Benfica confirm Moroccan's return to first-team training
By The Atlas Lions, Feb 22 2019 05:04PM
(BBC Sport) Morocco international Adel Taarabt has returned to Benfica first-team training after a seven-month spell with the reserves, manager Bruno Lage has confirmed.
The 29-year-old midfielder signed for Portuguese side Benfica in June 2015 after having his Queens Park Rangers contract terminated by mutual consent.
Unable to break into the first team he opted for an 18-month loan stint at Italian club Genoa, but was demoted to Benfica's reserve team on his return in June 2017.
Lage, who took over the team in early January, has praised the improved attitude of Taarabt and offered him a lifeline.
"He [Taarabt] started the season at the B team. I did not know him, I had heard stories about his past, but what I saw was a player who always trained well, with the intensity I like," Lage confirmed at a press conference.
"I must hand him opportunities, we will see if we can create that opportunity and if he grabs it once and for all to make a career according to his potential."
Taarabt who has previously played for Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham and AC Milan is yet to make a competitive appearance for the Benfica first team.