Adrien Rabiot has been lambasted for recent comments about a January exit from Paris Saint-Germain, with his manager Laurent Blanc criticising the young Frenchman for a lack of respect, as reported by The Evening Standard.
The midfielder is a reported target of ours in January (via the Standard), with Arsene Wenger potentially looking at him to temporarily replace Francis Coquelin.
The 20-year-old is unhappy with his current squad status at PSG and believes he’s ready for a bigger role. The report claims he’s asked for a loan move this January, but Blanc is clearly angry at the lack of respect he believes is being shown by his compatriot.
“It annoys me,” Blanc said.
“Adrien has to understand that when you have the possibility of going at the end of your contract and to leave for free, you can do it.
“Otherwise, when you sign a contract of five years with PSG, you have to respect your first club.”
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It seems a little harsh of Blanc to lay into Rabiot like that, as he hasn’t really done too much wrong. He’s a young player looking to get some game time, something he doesn’t feel he’s getting at PSG. He hasn’t put in a transfer request or tried to force a permanent exit, he’s merely suggested that he may be looking to secure a temporary move away in January in order to see more time on the pitch.
Issues between the player and his manager can only help us in our pursuit, and could even pave the way for a permanent switch – if that’s what Arsene Wenger wants.
A loan move may actually be beneficial for us though, as bringing a top quality player to the club in January is always going to be difficult. Bringing Rabiot to the Emirates in January could provide us with the temporary solution we need until we can find a more permanent option next summer.
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But does it sound like Blanc is willing to let the youngster go? Or will he stubbornly keep him at the Parc des Princes against his will until his contract comes to an end?