France head coach not keen on recalling Adrien Rabiot after World Cup snub
France manager Didier Deschamps has indicated that he has no plans of recalling Adrien Rabiot to the national setup after the midfielder decided to exclude himself from the standby list for the summer World Cup. Speaking to reporters, Deschamps said that the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder does not warrant a selection with Les Bleus for the moment, given the attitude shown towards the team after he failed to make the 23-man squad for the World Cup finals.
“It's much too soon to recall Adrien Rabiot given his attitude in relation to this shirt. There's no sense in recalling him, it's still much too soon, even if I'm not taking a radical position, as I have already said. With regard to the squad and what the shirt represents, it's not the time,” he is quoted as saying by ESPN FC.
Aside from Rabiot, Alexandre Lacazette was another surprise exclusion from the national team despite his good run of form with Arsenal but the striker should fancy making the squad in the long run, should he continue to impress in the Gunners shirt without being hampered by any injuries along the way.
Meanwhile, “ Rabiot’s future with Les Bleus appears uncertain with Deschamps at the helm but he will be hoping to win the confidence“ of the manager on the long-term basis, if he is to make the squad for Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup thereafter. Before that, however, “ the midfielder may need“
to sort out his club future first after declining the option of a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain beyond the summer of 2019.
Rabiot has been linked with a move to the Premier League for nearly four seasons now and that could end up his destination next year with Tottenham Hotspur leading the race to sign him. Rabiot would be free to discuss a pre-contract with Spurs at the turn of the year but Mauricio Pochettino may consider a winter purchase after failing to make any signings during the summer.