Adrien Rabiot has ruled out a transfer to Arsenal anytime soon, by signing a new contract which will keep him at Paris St Germain until 2019.
Arsene Wenger is famed for his ability to identify some of the brightest young talent in European football, which in the past has seen the likes of Nicolas Anelka, Cesc Fabregas and Patrick Vieira turn up in North London. Whilst Rabiot, who played 25 times as PSG defended their title last season, isn’t quite as unknown, he is very much still learning his trade.
The midfielder has yet to feature for the champions this term due to a combination of injury and uncertainty over his future, as his deal was set to expire in the summer. The Gunners had hoped to take advantage of this by luring the 19-year-old when the window reopens, but they will now have to make alternative plans after the youngster signed a new contract.
“I am very happy to remain a player of PSG, the club that made me the player I am today,” he told the official club website. “It was here that I grew up and enjoyed my first experiences as a player. The club’s project is ambitious, and I’m very proud to be a part of it for the coming years. Now I want to concentrate on my football, on my game and give my best for PSG and for the supporters.”
It is understood that PSG had warned Rabiot that he would be sold in January had he not agreed a new deal by December. Now that his future is sorted, he will hope to figure more for Laurent Blanc’s side as they look to secure a third successive title. The capital club are currently in second place four points adrift of leaders Marseille, ahead of their trip to Lorient on Saturday.