Paris Saint-Germain boast one of the most promising midfielders on the planet in Adrien Rabiot.
Well, at least that’s how the situation has stood throughout his time at the club up until this season.
Rabiot earned promotion to the senior team under the management of Carlo Ancelotti in 2012 - just two years after he joined the Parisians’ youth academy.
The 23-year-old has since made well over 200 appearances across all competitions for the Ligue 1 giants, which is no mean feat given how much PSG have invested in new signings.
Despite the £900 million worth of arrivals between his debut campaign and now, Rabiot has never looked out of place in the first team.
However, with his current contract due to expire in the summer, something has altered his mentality.
Rabiot has been locked in negotiations with his employers for months on end, and it now seems clear neither party is going to budge.
PSG Sporting Director Antero Henrique has told Yahoo Sport the France international will effectively be left to rot on the sideline until his deal expires.
“At this point, no,” he said, via Goal.
“It was a decision made by the club following a meeting I had with the player.
“The player informed me that he would not sign a contract and that he wanted to leave the club by being free at the end of the season.
“For the player, this will have a very clear consequence: he will remain on the bench for an indefinite period.”
It would seem PSG are in a tricky position - that is unless Henrique's description of how Rabiot and his entourage have conducted themselves is to be believed.
“Several months ago, we had positive exchanges with his representative in the perspective that he remains at the club and signs a new contract,” he said.
“We also accepted all the conditions of the player related to the sports field. We had discussed these conditions so that he would stay with us for years to come.
“But, unfortunately, from now on, the discussions have totally stopped.
“It seems that the player and his representative have misled us for several months.
“I must add that this situation is disrespectful for both the club and the fans.
“Especially from a player who has played under our colours from the academy to the first team and a player who has always received the full support of the club.”
Henrique has arguably put it mildly at most.
PSG supporters aren’t likely to give Rabiot much of a farewell - if one at all - when his seemingly inevitable departure comes to fruition.
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