Tottenham target Adrien Rabiot set for rare PSG start

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With his future up in the air once again, Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien Rabiot is set to start for the French club in Wednesday's cup match against Ajaccio.

When Adrien Rabiot signed a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain recently, his future looked to have been resolved.

However, with Tottenham Hotspur reportedly making a loan move for the midfielder, Rabiot’s situation looks as murky as ever.

Rabiot hadn’t featured before signing his new contract, but he finally made his debut in the 3-2 away win against Metz in Week 14. He would come on against Nice the next weekend before missing out completely against Lille.

Against Barcelona in the Champions League, he was an unused substitute and then again on Sunday he was completely left out of the match-day squad.

Newspapers Il Tempo and L’Equipe suggest that Rabiot’s mother Veronique and the player’s agent have already met with Spurs and a move in January could be on the cards.

Those possible recent developments might explain why Laurent Blanc has not used the 19-year-old midfielder as much as would have been expected.

Blanc was keen to suggest that Rabiot had a bright future at the club once he signed the new deal. When you analyse the form of Yohan Cabaye and the decline of Thiago Motta, it is clear to see that there is space for someone like Rabiot to really stake a claim in the PSG first team.

Tonight, PSG face Ligue 2 side AC Ajaccio in the Coupe de la Ligue, and in order to rest the key members of his squad, Blanc is set to name Rabiot in the starting XI.

What remains to be seen, is if this is just Blanc utilising his squad to help the first team, or whether it is a chance for Rabiot to win a more regular pace in the starting line-up.

Rabiot will be keen to impress on Wednesday night, and if he puts in a performance, the truth will come out in how Blanc treats the youngster before the winter break.

After December 21, we may never see Rabiot in a PSG jersey ever again if Tottenham links are to be believed.

It would seem to be a strange move from Spurs. They don’t lack numbers when it comes to potentially great midfielders, given that they have Ryan Mason and Benjamin Stambouli. What they do lack is experience, and that is one area where Rabiot is severely lacking.

The young Frenchman needs to play games, with the right attitude there is more chance of that happening at PSG than at Spurs. It would be another odd decision from the Rabiot family if he does move this winter.

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