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The future of Adrien Rabiot was supposed to be as one of Paris Saint-Germain's bright young talents. He is a home-grown talent and looked set to command a place in the Parisian midfield for years to come.
However, the gifted player's future is under a huge dark cloud due to bad advice he has received from his advisers, mainly his mother Veronique.
The Express has revealed interest from Chelsea, Arsenal, AC Milan and Roma, while the same story highlights a L'Equipe report crediting Tottenham Hotspur as a potential suitor. AC Milan could be a likely destination, with the club from Europe's fashion capital now able to use the money from the sale of Mario Balotelli to launch a bid for the 19-year-old.
PSG coach Laurent Blanc would prefer the midfielder to stay, but with a year left on his contract and both parties still a fair distance away from a new deal, there is a chance that a transfer away from capital will be completed before the window closes and that Rabiot has already played his last game for the club.
Blanc was questioned about Rabiot's future in a press conference before the 0-0 draw with Evian, and the French boss was quite frank about the situation, via Jonathan Johnson of beIN Sports.
'I think he has a great opportunity at PSG because he has the qualities to play at the club. But I think that his entourage don't have the same opinion as me,' he said. 'I respect that, but I think his entourage are taking advantage of the contract situation the player has. If there wasn't that, we wouldn't be talking about him here.'
Blanc wants him to stay, the player may even want to stay, but mother knows best.
"He needs to play regularly in high-level matches,” his mother Veronique was quoted as saying to French newspaper Le Parisien earlier this summer (h/t Jonathan Johnson via beIN Sports). “Since February he has only started five times in the league and once in the Champions League.
"He cannot afford to spend a season on the bench. At his age, if you do not progress, you regress. His ambition is to join the French national team at Euro 2016. Staying at PSG seems very difficult."
If Rabiot is still a PSG player come the close of the window, it would surely signal that he is set to leave on a free in 12 months’ time. As the deadline draws closer, it will be interesting to see if PSG's resolve is tested by a bid from one of the interested clubs.