Adrien Rabiot still wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain in the near future, with club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi admitting that his attempts to convince the talented young midfielder to renew his current contract at the Parc des Princes have proved unsuccessful.
19-year-old Rabiot's future with the Ligue 1 champions has appeared uncertain for a long time now, with Arsenal and Chelsea having both been credited with a strong interest in acquiring his services during the recent summer transfer window.
A potential move failed to materialise this time around, but it is evident that the French starlet still plans on starting afresh as soon as he is afforded the right opportunity.
"We talked about Rabiot with Roma and other clubs," Al-Khelaifi was quoted by The Daily Express.
"But we did not come to any agreement. I love the kid – I think he’s a great player and I want him to stay. I have tried to get him to renew his contract, but without success. He wants to leave.”
Rabiot - who moved to PSG in 2010 - made 25 domestic appearances under Laurent Blanc last season, but has never quite managed to establish himself as an irreplaceable first-team option at the club.
With the player - who has made several appearances for his country at various youth levels - no doubt harbouring ambitions of a first senior international call-up, a move may well be for the best at this stage of his promising career.
Serie A rivals
While both Arsenal and Chelsea have both been on his trail for some time now, a switch to Serie A - and more specifically Roma - could prove a more enticing option for £9.5 million-rated Rabiot.
Rudi Garcia and co were believed to have come close to sealing a deal for the former Toulouse loanee as the clock ticked down towards Monday's transfer deadline, although frustratingly it never quite came off.
His Premier League suitors - both of whom made a real impact during the recent window - should not be ruled out of the race by any means, particularly with Rabiot boasting a lot of the credentials that Arsene Wenger often looks for in a new recruit at the Emirates Stadium.