Taye Taiwo targets survival and QPR stay
Posted: Apr 21, 2012
Taye Taiwo is desperate for QPR to beat the dreaded drop so he can make his loan move from AC Milan permanent.
The Nigerian full-back has impressed since heading to Loftus Road in January, and a £3.5million permanent deal is in place.
But that depends on whether Mark Hughes’ side can avoid relegation to the Championship, and Taiwo admits he would be devastated if he was forced to return to the San Siro.
“I feel at home here,” he said. “Everyone has welcomed me and I enjoy playing here. I know I haven’t been here a long time, but if I am here next season then I will be very happy.
“I don’t want to go back to Milan. I pray that QPR will stay up as we have an agreement that I will stay if they do, and that would be fantastic for me.”
QPR will host Tottenham on Saturday and Taiwo, who was a target of Harry Redknapp’s when he was in charge of Portsmouth, says he is confident of keeping wide-men Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon quiet.
He added: “Harry Redknapp, a great man, tried to buy me for Portsmouth when Kanu was there. He looked at me for a long time. Now, Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon - oh my God. But I can defend, I know that.
“I will say to them at the start of the game: ‘Boy, today you are going nowhere. Nowhere! I’m going to stick with you and stop you - maybe even sit with you at half-time in your dressing room if I can!’
“It’s about commitment now. Tottenham lost very badly to Chelsea but it will be a new game today and they have fantastic players and a great manager.
“For us the important thing is not to be scared. Sometimes you think ‘if I shoot maybe it will go wrong’. No. We cannot be scared of nobody or no-one.
“Each player in our team has great talents and we have to pull together. We also have a great manager, a wonderful man, and we know what he expects from us - to be 500% committed, and give everything. This is the biggest game of our season. We need three points.”
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