Adrien Rabiot has long been linked with a move away from Paris Saint-Germain, but the young midfielder has so far remained at the club; whether that’s through his own choice or that of the club it’s unclear.
He has once again been tipped to make a move this January however, with the Frenchman claiming that he’s requested a loan move this winter, as reported by Telefoot (via talkSPORT).
PSG have been steadily growing ever since their first massive injection of funds, and have gone from an average French side to the dominant team in Ligue 1. They are steadily growing as a power in Europe too, and have really been throwing their financial weight around.
The 20-year-old is clearly fond of the club, and has the desire to succeed long term with PSG. He is less than happy with his current role at the club though, and is seeking a move away in January – even if it’s only a temporary one.
“To be in a great club and to earn lots of money is not enough. When you train all week, you want to be on the pitch,” Rabiot told Telefoot.
“Sometimes it is not possible and it is frustrating. Paris is my town. To force my way through here, that would be great.
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“To spend my entire career at PSG, that is the president’s dream. If I was starting, I would look at things differently, that is for sure.
“I have asked the president to be loaned this winter if my playing time goes down between now and January.
“It is something that he cannot refuse, I know that he likes me a lot.”
Although the fans may not be best pleased, a loan move may actually suit Arsene Wenger this winter. For once Wenger is right when he says there aren’t a huge number of players in the pool, with top targets like Lars Bender and Victor Wanyama seemingly unavailable.
Bender has recently undergone surgery (via Goal) and won’t be able to fill in for Francis Coquelin during his injury. While Ronald Koeman recently stated that no player would be leaving Southampton in January, not even for £100m (via the Daily Mail).
The German will have recovered by the summer and Koeman’s stance may have changed by the end of the season, so it could be in our best interest to find a temporary solution.
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Rabiot is certainly a player of real quality, and if he can fill in and deputise for Coquelin for the remainder of the campaign so we can sign someone permanently in the summer, then it would be a superb investment.