Thomas Tuchel 'Not Sure' Adrien Rabiot Will Stay at PSG Amid Barcelona Rumours

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2018

PARIS, FRANCE - AUGUST 12:  Adrien Rabiot of Paris Saint-Germain runs with ball during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain and SM Caen at Parc des Princes on August 12, 2018 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel admitted he is uncertain if midfielder Adrien Rabiot will remain at the club after the defending champions beat Caen 3-0 in their Ligue 1 opener on Sunday. 

The Frenchman has been heavily linked with a switch to Barcelona, and though Tuchel said he wants Rabiot to stay, he said he could not guarantee it, per Canal Plus (h/t Goal's Jamie Smith):

"I'm not certain he will stay. I want him to stay, but it's up to him. He has great potential and can improve even further. He can become a top player but has to stay with us."

Rabiot netted PSG's second goal at the Parc des Princes on Sunday as Tuchel made a winning start to his first league campaign in charge.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a departure from PSG for much of the summer, and he is now into the final year of his contract with the French giants.

Per L'Equipe (via French football writer Jeremy Smith), Rabiot recently turned down the offer of a new contract as he is eager to depart PSG:

He joined the club's youth academy in 2010 and has been a part of the first team in Paris since 2013.

However, the likelihood of Rabiot departing before the transfer window closes at the end of the month looks to be increasing.

Barcelona could still be looking to add another central midfielder to their ranks. They lost Andres Iniesta and Paulinho at the end of the 2017-18 season and, though they have brought in Arthur and Arturo Vidal.

As well as Rabiot, Ajax's Frenkie De Jong has been linked, per Football Espana.

Jason Burt in the Telegraph also recently reported the Blaugrana have not given up on potentially signing Manchester United's Paul Pogba.

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