Three years after leaving PSG through the back door, Adrien Rabiot returns to the Park with Juventus. What happened to the player trained in Paris in the meantime? A look back at three rather successful seasons, whatever one may say.
In 2019, Rabiot left the capital on bad terms, and took the plane to the old lady. After a layoff by his club and the refusal to be part of the reservists of the selection in 2018, the French midfielder leaves a poor image in France and needs to relaunch his career.
The first year, Rabiot flounders. After 8 months without an official match, he is struggling to settle into the squad. The season is cut because of the Covid, and the bianconeri club refuses to pay the players for the 4 months without matches. According to the Italian media, the former PSG player, disagreeing with this decision would have dried up the resumption of training. Information that he then denied. But his image in Turin is already tainted by this rumor
Return to foreground
It is during the return to competition that the midfielder shines. He chained the tenure and finally signed his first reference match against AC Milan, with a breathtaking goal. Small bridge on Théo Hernandez, solo run of 50 meters and shot in the skylight. Rabiot makes everyone agree.
Rabiot’s goal against Milan
Recalled by Deschamps with the Blues, he clings to his position
Still cold with the national team since his refusal to be selected in 2018, the Francilien was recalled in September 2020 by Didier Deschamps: “We continued to follow Adrien. He found a very good level with his club, it happened what happened, we can’t go back, neither us nor him. You know me, I don’t like to take radical positions, » explains the coach. A return that was very surprising at the time.
On November 14, Rabiot produced arguably the best match of his Blue career, in the Nations League in Portugal. The ex-Parisian dominates the Portuguese environment and performs an XXL performance, to qualify France in the last four. « I won’t let go of this place for anything in the world, I don’t want to leave this group », he explains after the game.
After a half-hearted 2020-2021 season, and a Euro 2021 where he plays without convincing (like all the Blues), his level is very much criticized for the year 2021-2022, in Italy. He is even referred to as an « enigma » by supporters. “He never shoots, he never makes a quick vertical pass to a team-mate, he doesn’t throw himself, he is not decisive on crosses and is not present in the penalty area. Are you talking about someone who can play football? », heavily criticizes Italian journalist Paulo Di Canio on Sky Sports.
In almost as many minutes played, the Frenchman sees the majority of his statistics drop.
The start of the 2022/2023 season also begins with a controversy. His transfer to Machester United was aborted, due, according to the press, to the « exorbitant demands » of his mother, Véronique, who is still his agent.
Adrien Rabiot’s results since leaving PSG remain very positive. With Juventus, he won a championship, an Italian Cup and an Italian Supercup. He took part in 131 matches (in all competitions) in three seasons and one month, for 6 goals and 7 assists. I also wore the France team jersey 23 times.