Monday Feb 25, 2019. 17:00
Former AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Adel Taarabt has returned to Benfica first-team training for the first time in seven months, head coach Bruno Lage has confirmed.
The Morocco international joined the Portuguese giants in 2015 after having his contract terminated by Queens Park Rangers. He duly spent 18 months on-loan at Italian Serie A club Genoa before returning Lisbon before the start of the current campaign.
Lage has been impressed by the 29-year-old's change in attitude for the club's B team and has now been offered a lifeline by Lage as he aims to reignite a once promising career.
"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 is quoted as saying in 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."