Adrien Rabiot’s mum (and agent) has confirmed her son will leave PSG in the near future.
The Frenchman’s contract expires next summer with Barcelona favourites to secure his services, either for a cut-price in January, or on a free come July.
PSG have expressed their displeasure over Barca’s approach, which they believe to be in breach of rules relating to ‘tapping up’ players.
Imagine that, PSG have an issue with how another club conducts their business in the transfer market — pot, kettle.
The Ligue 1 club are also unimpressed with Rabiot’s behaviour.
The 23-year-old is unlikely to feature for the first team much, if at all, for the remainder of his time in the French capital.
Forcing through transfers with relatively immature conduct has become sadly common in modern football.
However, it was Rabiot’s response to missing out on France’s World Cup squad that sounded the loudest alarm.
With Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso, N’Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi and Steven Nzonzi available to Didier Deschamps, several talented French midfielders failed to make the final 23-man squad.
When France’s coach asked Rabiot to be on the standby list in case of a late injury, the player sent Deschamps an email refusing the offer.
Rabiot then spoke out about his omission, saying: “I am a competitor without qualms, but I am also a man, and as such I would have liked to be considered as such.”
Such words are hollow when he acts in the manner of boy.
During the infancy of his PSG career, he was given an extended run in the team as a defensive midfielder.
Rabiot excelled in the role and enhanced his reputation.
His response? To complain.
His mum, acting as his agent, took issue with Laurent Blanc’s decision to play Rabiot deep rather than as a creative attacking midfielder; despite the fact the decision to play him at No6 was entirely justified.
With Yohan Cabaye, Thiago Motta, Blaise Matuidi, Marco Verratti and Javier Pastore as team-mates, many teenagers would have been content with a place in the squad, let alone the starting line-up.
But not Rabiot; never Rabiot.
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The only factor that makes Rabiot’s attitude vaguely noteworthy is his likely destination.
Barcelona claim to be ‘more than a club’ and a key factor in the ‘mes que un club’ ethos is the humility of the players.
It is said La Masia teaches you to be a good person before it teaches you football.
Barca’s academy strives to not only produce the best players on the planet, but to mould characters worthy of representing the club on a deeper level.
If Rabiot is to be a future Barcelona midfielder, he would be wise to look at those who paved the way.
Xavi and Andres Iniesta remained modest during their considerable spells in Catalonia — their belief in La Masia’s teachings were unwavering.
Rabiot will link up with international team-mate Ousmane Dembele at the Camp Nou.
The former Borussia Dortmund winger has dazzled on the pitch, but also exhibited a distinct lack of professionalism.
He recently turned up two hours late for training because he overslept after playing video games until the early hours.
Gerard Pique’s outspoken nature and Luis Suarez’s rap sheet have also been highlighted as aspects of Barcelona’s current make-up that do not match the quote painted on the seats at the Camp Nou.
Are the champions of Spain slowly abandoning their ‘mes que un club’ philosophy?