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Adrien Rabiot’s “Christmas” Loan Aggravates Blanc

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Adrien Rabiot of PSG in action during the French Ligue 1 match between Angers SCO and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Stade Jean Bouin on December 1, 2015 in Angers, France.

The Paris Saint-Germain manager, Laurent Blanc, could hardly hide his irritation to Adrien Rabiot‘s recent remarks about leaving the Stade de Princes. The young PSG academy graduate has put in a multitude of solid performances when the opportunity was placed on him. Rabiot told French TV show Telefoot that Paris Saint-Germain could offer him a “Christmas present” of a loan move in January.

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Rabiot has been called upon when Italian midfield warrior Marco Verratti was out due to an injury this campaign. Adrien also was a major workhorse last season when Thiago Motta was injured towards the end of the 2014-2015 campaign. Adrien Rabiot expressed his concerns to his loan request if he were to continue spending more time on the PSG bench.

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Laurent Blanc spoke to the media ahead of the Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk. Blanc made it clear that Rabiot’s comments had not gone down well. Adrien initially refused a new contract at PSG last summer but eventually signed an extension last November, which ties him to PSG to 2019.

The PSG manager expressed his concerns of having Rabiot concentrate his development more in the French capital. “It annoys me” was the statement Lauren Blanc made at a press conference Monday. The French manager then went in on a small tirade “Adrien has to understand that when you have the possibility of going to the end of your contract and to leave for, you can do it. Otherwise, when you sign a contract of five years with PSG, you have to respect your first club.”

Blanc then refused to go further into the issue, “I’m not going to go any further than that because otherwise I risk annoying myself.”

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Rabiot’s words on Telefoot were “I asked the president to be loaned out if my playing time lowers between here and the month of January. He won’t be able to refuse me because I’ve stepped up. He likes me a lot – it would be my Christmas present.”

Rabiot is a quality midfield battler, it will be a shame if PSG were to lose the young man due to inadequate playing time.

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