Like the eagle of the Benfica which overhangs the Estadio da Luz, Adrien Rabiot has taken off in Lisbon. His career in blue had until September the taste of the unfinished, the misunderstanding or the waste. At 25, four years after his debut in blue, his 10th appearance (only) in this jersey will have definitively closed the chapter of uncertainties to open that of promises. After the hope of the last gatherings, his major performance in Portugal (1-0 victory) suddenly projects him to the rank of players destined to settle in the major eleven of the world champions.
“He has evolved, it is not the same,” Didier Deschamps said after the match. The coach may have lacked tact, when he had not warned Rabiot of his non-selection for Russia in 2018. The player had fallen from very high, too high, and was eliminated for two years in refusing to be a reservist. By leaving the imagined scheme of a meeting with the president of the French Football Federation, possible apologies with the appearance of expiation, DD greatly facilitated the return to favor by recalling it to everyone’s surprise in September.
“Going to Juventus made me grow”
“Perhaps Deschamps expected to see someone closed or resentful but not at all, said this Sunday Rabiot in the show” Téléfoot “, which did not hide from his relatives the pleasure taken during This meeting. I myself was surprised to be called back so early and he told me that maybe he could have called me back earlier. We had a good discussion, I enjoyed this conversation and it allowed me to free myself. “
See the player from Val-de-Marne flourish as a left midfielder contrasts with his moods on his use at PSG. “There is no question of its positioning. I know where he is (Editor’s note: Deschamps played for Juventus and trained it), when we’re there, we don’t complain. “At Juve, after being sidelined by PSG for wanting to honor his contract without extending it, Rabiot ate pebbles. Out of condition, surrounded by doubts, he lived a first season of adaptation. In recent months, he shines. Rabiot confirms: “In football as well as outside, I got older. Going to Juventus, changing environment, club and country made me grow. I feel better, more complete. At the tactical level, we worked a lot, which we are not used to doing in France. “
His lawyer Arnaud Péricard, who describes him as “the most normal boy in an abnormal universe”, welcomes his release to the Blues: “I find his zenitude on a field. Juventus is a very big club which made it progress enormously. Sportingly, first of all, even if I’m not a specialist. I have found him impressive for six months. He had to find his marks and today he is thriving. He is very balanced, he has a normal life, he has never had any difficulties with anyone. Impermeable to the environment, Adrien Rabiot has not fundamentally changed the way he operates in Turin. He remains very close to his mother and agent, Véronique, even if she is a little less often present in Piedmont due to the health context.
PSG, Juve, France team … in Matuidi’s footsteps
The path to follow is now quite marked for the midfielder. He borrows once again that of Blaise Matuidi, in an unprecedented legacy, from PSG in Turin to the Blues. Pragmatic, Deschamps also recalled Rabiot, believing that he was best equipped in the long term to succeed his vice-captain, who left for Miami. This is confirmed by the transmission of number 14 to the 84 selections, also used as a left midfielder at the World Cup. “Blaise is an exceptional boy, breathes Arnaud Péricard. He has always welcomed, surrounded and protected Adrien. They’ve been around each other for so long… There is an attachment and a personal bond between them. Now Adrien Rabiot is responsible for extending it in longevity and in the winners. A form of road in line with his ambitions: “Now that I’m in the France team, I won’t give up this place for the world. “
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