Adrien Rabiot is a figure that divides opinion. On one hand, a talented young midfielder available on a free seems like a no brainer. But a large ego, unconvincing attitude and high wage demands still makes him a high risk.
According to Sky Sports News, the French midfielder, who is now a free agent after being released from PSG, has held talks with Juventus. In the interview with Corriere Dello Sport (linked below), he also expresses his admiration for Manchester United along with the Bianconeri.
“I like Italy very much, staying here is wonderful, you rest and you recuperate,”Rabiot in an interview with Corriere dello Sport
Here’s an article on whether Rabiot is worth it or not for the Italian giants or the Red Devils if he chooses them:
The 6-foot-3 defensive midfielder has started to show what he’s really about in recent years. Able to operate in the 6 and the 8 effectively, Rabiot is best categorised as a deep-lying playmaker, who isn’t afraid in the final third and knows his defensive responsibilities. Comfortable receiving the ball deep within his own half and finding the right pass, it is no surprise that Valverde tried to sign the 23 year old French midfielder in the summer and in January.
Nothing ever seems rushed with Rabiot, even in pressure situations such as a high zonal press in his own half, he will stay calm, highlighted by his 92% pass completion in 2017/18 (thanks WhoScored). Using his large frame to hold off players as he uses his underrated speed to get past players is a certain in every game for Adrien.
However, Juventus will surely want to see Rabiot contribute more directly to goals. In the 2017/18 season, he only was involved in 11 goals in 49 appearances. In hindsight, this was likely due to the role Rabiot was playing, with the midfielder more likely to get second assists and have pivotal roles in driving the team forward before a goal.
Defensively, he only was shown two yellow cards in Ligue 1, but this is due to the fact Rabiot is not seen in the challenge for the Parisian side, with Marco Verratti the main dispossessor in the midfield. If handed more defensive responsibility, Rabiot would need to grow this side of his game quickly in order to seamlessly transition into the Old Lady’s system.
Unfortunately, alongside his growth as a player, the French international’s list of off the pitch incidents is growing at a faster rate, and not in a good way.
He refused to be put on the reserve list for Didier Deschamps’ World Cup squad in 201, putting his ego ahead of his long term international career prospects. Clearly not a smart move.
More recently, arriving late to a pre-match meeting was the start of the end of his PSG career. He continued to be late and refusal to change his ways led to him being permanently dropped and forced to train with the reserves.
March 2019 was the final nail in the coffin for Rabiot’s career in France. He was suspended for going to nightclub after getting knocked out by Manchester United in the Champions League and he subsequently liked a post from Patrice Evra celebrating the win. He just really doesn’t learn by the looks of it.
We’re still unaware of why his move to Barcelona collapsed in January, perhaps due these reasons above. Despite his rebellious attitude, there is clearly talent and a potentially world class midfielder there.
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