A little reminder of the facts. We are at the end of a season of 2017/2018, at the end of which Adrien Rabiot is preparing to live a complicated summer. Regularly named in France team, the native of Saint-Maurice thought to be of the trip in Russia. But on May 17, 2018, it is a real shot of bamboo that the stocking receives. Absent from the list of 23 elected, Rabiot must be satisfied with a reservist status. News that he did not support. A few days later, the Parisian warns the coach of the national team that he withdraws from the list. The beginning of an incessant advertising campaign. Criticized for all the French views, Rabiot knows that his image has an impact and decides to fall asleep in the silence during the summer holidays.
Messed with the national team, the player will talk about it in PSG. In fact there is only one year left in Rabiot and Rabiot knows that he is being courted. Faced with the permanent grunting about him in France, the idea of a departure for the outside to be forgotten, but also to cross a plateau sprouts in the middle of the head. She even ends up convincing him and Rabiot is therefore part of his leadership of his willingness to pack, despite the arrival of Thomas Tuchel. A version confirmed by the mother and agent of number 25, Véronique Rabiot, to the microphone of RTL December 19th. "During the transfer window of the summer, I had told Mr. Henry, as it should, that I wanted Adrien to be on the transfer list because Adrien wanted to leave the club and that was clearly said."
A summer bug that is expensive for PSG
But in Paris, President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi accepts things and refuses to sell his protege. Still an orphan Thiago Motta, the PSG did not recruit a means of recovery. Seeing Rabiot while no substitute was recruited is unimaginable for the NAK. The latter also thinks about turning the situation in their favor, as was already the case in October 2014. At that time, the Rabiot clan was already reluctant to extend, interested in the offensive AS Roma, before the player will end up signing the famous rental agreement until 2019. But this time, Rabiot is determined to embark and refuse several extension proposals. A first mistake of appreciation on the part of PSG. This does not prevent Tuchel from trusting him until Sunday, October 28, 2018, Clasico against OM date.
At the end of the chat before the game, Rabiot, whose contractual situation is already talking enough, is left on the bench and does not come into play. Disappointed, he then tells his leaders that it is futile to wait for a positive outcome. A position that had the gift of annoying the club's sports director, Antero Henrique. Intriguing with the elements that refuse to go on, the Portuguese and the order of management Thomas Tuchel do not throw Rabiot under the red and blue sweater. A decision made official by AH on December 17, 2018 that the German agrees without hesitation, even if he does not hesitate to make it clear that it has nothing to do with the treatment inflicted on the player. "This is a situation between the club and Adrien, I do not forbid him to enter the locker room", he said at a press conference. In response, Veronique Rabiot officially announced two days after her son will leave PSG free of any contract in June.
Tuchel wants to win his fight against Henrique
Relations between Paris and the player are constantly stretched and seriously degraded when Rabiot is sent to book to train. Again the choice of PSG is speaking, the UNFP claiming the fulfillment of the conditions of work of the midfielder. The LFP will eventually remind the Ile-de-France club of the request. Deprived of his player, Tuchel already repaired for several weeks to compose his midfield. For example, Marquinhos, Julain Draxler and Daniel Alves are called to play convenience stores. A puzzle for Tuchel, especially since this lack of depth of the bench increases the risk of injury. The latter respects the choice of its leaders vis-à-vis Rabiot, but logically calls for reinforcements against the scarcity of environments. A situation that creeps and becomes very annoying to the old BVB. Tuchel does not hesitate to criticize implicitly the incapacity of Antero Henrique to comfort him with the recruitment of a recuperador worthy of that name, able to help PSG in his campaign in the Champions League. What break the divorce between the two men. Because this winter, if the middle Leandro Paredes joined the ranks of Paris, Argentina is not a pure 6. Henrique then tried to fill that gap with Idrissa Gueye or Thiago Mendes. In vain. The first one was very expensive and the second would not have been validated by … Tuchel.
At the same time, PSG, who does not dare to imagine Rabiot free to go to Barca after seeing the Blaugranas surprise him with Frenkie de Jong, tried to get rid of his environment in January. Bayern Munich and Tottenham were also willing to pay to recover it this winter. But Rabiot repelled them all. And despite tensions with Barca, the French still seem eager to go to Catalonia. This time, for sure: Paris will see Rabiot leave without retrieving any denier. A new failure for Antero Henrique, who contributes to the bad history of the Portuguese during the mercato winter. And as if that were not enough, Tuchel was the final blow, claiming last night the reintegration of Rabiot in the first team. A situation for the least particular. Consumed by most Paris fans since the announcement of his choice not to extend, and the heart of an internal struggle between his coach and sports director Rabiot he will have the strength to ignore this context and prove effective if Tuchel puts him back in the meadow? Faced with this complicated context, is Tuchel right to revive his environment? On paper, Rabiot knows he has the support of his teammates and his coach does not have many solutions. In a research we published, you were also a good part in agreeing to Tuchel's choice. Anything for that would be tempted to say.
Should PSG listen to Thomas Tuchel and reinstate Adrien Rabiot?
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