Adrien Rabiot will not be going anywhere this summer despite links with Arsenal, Newcastle United and Everton, according to Juventus’s sporting director Fabio Paritici in conversation with Sky Sport Italia.
Barely a day went by during the midfielder’s time at Paris Saint-Germain without him being linked with one Premier League club or another.
And the speculation has continued in recent months, despite the fact that Rabiot only signed a long-term contract with Juventus one year ago.
The France international has been in and out of Maurizio Sarri’s starting XI since arriving in Turin and, according to Calciomercato, Newcastle held talks in May regarding a potential £25 million, £120,000-a-week move to St James’ Park.
Arsenal and Everton were linked a few weeks back, via TMW.
And with rumours linking Juventus with Raul Jimenez gaining plenty of traction on the continent, Tuttosport suggested that Rabiot could be offered to Wolves as part of a summer swap deal.
But we might have heard the last of such claims, with Paritici making Juve’s stance clear at last.
“Rabiot was inactive for six months at PSG, so he had that lack of fitness as well as it being his first season in Serie A,” the director says, referring to the Frenchman’s demotion into the ‘bomb squad’ at the Parc des Princes.
“Having said all that, he’s a great player and has proved that in part in a few different games. He’s an important player for us, both for the present and the future of Juve.”
With his giant frame, boundless energy and impressive array of technical gifts, Rabiot looks pretty much tailor-made for Premier League football.
But his Serie A story still has a few chapters remaining.