QPR manager Harry Redknapp has branded his playmaker Adel Taarabt "the worst professional I have ever come across", in an escalating row between the pair.
Redknapp claimed at the weekend that Taarabt was three stone overweight, a claim vehemently denied by the Moroccan.
Then, in an interview with The Sun (subscription required), Redknapp claimed Taarabt's apparent weight loss was a result of a bout of tonsillitis, not hard work in training.
"He is not fit to play a game, that's the truth," Redknapp said. "He is the worst professional I have ever come across and I have been his only ally at QPR for the past three years."