Adrien Rabiot Talks PSG Future and Barcelona Rumours

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2018

Adrien Rabiot of Paris Saint-Germain during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Paris St Germain and SSC Napoli at the Parc des Princes on October 24, 2018 in Paris, France(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
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Adrien Rabiot has bemoaned the "inaccurate things" said about his future with Paris Saint-Germain recently. The midfielder whose contract is up next summer said "nothing's decided" amid rumours linking him with La Liga giants Barcelona.

Rabiot's words come in response to the player being jeered by some PSG fans before the club beat Toulouse 1-0 at the Parc des Princes on Saturday, according to Sport.

Speaking after starting the match, Rabiot said: "I will say something when it's convenient." He also admitted, "Anything could happen, I could stay or go, but nothing's decided."

Things appeared to be decided after Mundo Deportivo (h/t Jacob Murtagh of the Daily Mirror) recently reported the 23-year-old, who can negotiate with other teams from January, had already secured a deal with the Blaugrana.

There have also been reports of possible deals with a different suitor:

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[Le Parisen] report PSG are planning the sale of Adrien Rabiot to a ‘friend’ with Tottenham Hotspur named as a destination for the long-term Spurs target in January. Spurs have done business with the Ligue 1 champions with the signings of Serge Aurier & Lucas Moura. #THFC #COYS https://t.co/yEFnUbinBy

The reports prompted a negative reaction when Rabiot's name was called on Saturday, per Sport. It's not the first time PSG supporters have turned on the gifted playmaker.

Some chose to boo him during a match against Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League back in 2015 amid suggestions Rabiot was trying to engineer his exit.

Fast-forward three years, and controversy is still following the player in the French capital. He's yet to agree terms with Les Parisiens and has already had run-ins with manager Thomas Tuchel:

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Thomas Tuchel's decision to punish Adrien Rabiot by starting him on the bench vs. Marseille for turning up late to a team meeting may have convinced the Frenchman to quit the club (RMC) https://t.co/4JQw5I24gb

The latter replaced Unai Emery in the summer, and his enterprising brand of football should fit Rabiot perfectly. Few midfielders can match his technique and eye for a pass.

Those qualities would surely find a home at the Camp Nou, where Barca are still expected to play an attractive, free-flowing game. Unfortunately, some of the craft in the middle was lost when Andres Iniesta moved to the J-League back in May.

Ernesto Valverde can still call on Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho, but there are concerns elsewhere. Sergio Busquets remains an invaluable holding midfielder, but he is also 30, while 31-year-old Arturo Vidal has struggled somewhat since moving from Bayern Munich.

PSG's midfield still needs Rabiot's quality, though. Marco Verratti is a key presence from deep, but he needs the support of Rabiot since Tuchel's squad lacks alternatives.

Tuchel and Rabiot have had their problems.
Tuchel and Rabiot have had their problems.Xavier Laine/Getty Images

The German has tried playing centre-back Marquinhos as the base of midfield, but the experiment has yielded only modest results.

Rabiot still has value for PSG, but while he hasn't ruled out possibly staying, his latest words have left the door ajar for a move. Those words are unlikely to quiet further speculation.