The sporting director of Juventus has played down talk of a move to the Premier League for Adrien Rabiot.
It has been a mixed first season in Italy for Rabiot, who joined them after his PSG contract expired in 2019. The midfielder has already been linked with a departure.
Before he joined Juventus, Rabiot was attracting interest from the Premier League. And speculation about a move to England has reignited in recent weeks.
Reports claim that Carlo Ancelotti is interested in taking Rabiot to Everton. However, it was then suggested that Juventus would only allow him to leave if they got a star defender in return.
Manchester United are also said to have made contact with his representatives. Once again, though, the financial aspects of the deal may scupper it.
And any remaining chances of Rabiot moving to the Premier League appear to have been ruled out by Fabio Paratici. The Juventus sporting director insists that the midfielder’s slow start to life in Turin does not mean he will be moved on.
“Let’s not forget that Rabiot is in his first year in Italy, and the first year is always special,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“At the start of the season, we could see the same doubts over Matthijs de Ligt, who happened to be the best defender in the Champions League [with Ajax last season] at the age of 19. Now I see there is a different opinion of him.
“Rabiot also arrived from PSG after six months of inactivity. He had to catch up with his physical condition.
“That said, he is a great player, someone who is very important for Juventus today and will be for the future.”