Adrien Rabiot has signed a new deal at Paris Saint-Germain despite strong suggestions that he was unhappy at the Parc des Princes and looking for a new club, according to French newspaper Le 10 Sport.
The publication claims that the long-term Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal target, who was also strongly linked with Italian giants AS Roma over the course of the summer, has put pen to paper on a new contract which will see him stay in France until at least 2019, with Rabiot himself having expressed his pleasure.
Rabiot transfer links
Over the course of the summer months it was assumed that the 19-year-old would be leaving PSG at the next available opportunity, as he had publicly expressed his frustration over his lack of game-time.
Laurent Blanc and PSG chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi had both revealed that they wanted him to stay, but a departure appeared imminent due to the frequency of quote-backed reports from his camp.
In a dramatic u-turn though the youngster confirmed that he had changed his mind, largely thanks to the influence of Al-Khelaifi, who suitably convinced him that he would be a major part of PSG’s side moving forward.
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Quotes from the player
"I was not sure I was considered part of the project. Then I saw that the speeches of the leaders were sincere," Rabiot explained.
"Before, I did not feel things the same way. I've discussed this with the President and I felt he really wanted me to involved with the project. It was important to him that I continue here."
"Before, I did not feel things the same way. I've discussed this with the President and I felt he really wanted me to involved with the project"
Though it doesn’t necessarily change things too much for the French champions, due to Rabiot’s limited presence in the first-team anyway, it does mean that Arsene Wenger, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho are going to have to train their sights elsewhere.
Both men were reported as being keen admirers of the midfielder-come-defender’s talents, and his age was another plus as it meant that he could be adequately adapted to the Premier League long before he hits his peak years as a player.
Arsenal transfer blow
Most certainly the blow will hit Wenger hardest, as the 63-year-old has a proven track record of working with rising French stars and turning them into recognised players of the highest calibre.
The likes of Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira bear testament to the Gunners’ boss’s aptitude at getting the best out of potential French superstars, and so Rabiot’s decision to reject Arsenal could have big repercussions.
For him though the immediate concern will be breaking into Blanc’s first team, as the likes of Blaise Matuidi, Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti and Javier Pastore currently stand in his way, with former Newcastle United star Yohan Cabaye also unable to get regular game-time.
If Rabiot can’t manage it then there’s every chance he could seek an exit in the future. Naturally tying down one of their greatest academy prospects was an opportunity PSG could not pass up, but whether or not they genuinely see him as an important fixture of the first-team for years to come remains to be seen.
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