The 18-year-old midfielder has been strongly linked with both North London clubs and they will be encouraged by his admission that he’s not prepared to sit on the bench, creating buzz over his potential departure.
“If a new midfielder is recruited in the winter transfer window, it will change the game for me. I would then think about my future,” he told Le Parisien.
The promising midfielder cites the example of Liverpool defender Mamdou Sakho as the reason for his comments, suggesting he doesn’t want to be a first team cover player in Paris.
However, before you get too carried away Arsenal and Tottenham fans, there’s a very good reason his comments can be seen as a blow just as much as an incentive.
He’s obviously a very ambitious young man and the statement suggests he’s not looking to go to any side where he would be forced to sit on the bench, with several first team players ahead of him in the pecking order.
That’s precisely what would happen with Arsenal and Tottenham unless he’s prepared to dip down into the youth team ranks at either side to try and get some football, which is doubtful.
Arsenal have a quality set of central midfielders; Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky among others who would make it difficult for Rabiot to get into the team.
Spurs are in the same position with Paulinho, Moussa Dembele, Etienne Capoue, Lewis Holtby, Christian Eriksen and Gylfi Sigurdsson among others.
He’s a decent player but he’s not going to walk into the first team of either of the Premier League giants reportedly interested in him.
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