PSG chief admits Arsenal target Adrien Rabiot will leave on a free transfer


Arsenal have been handed a huge blow in the race to secure the signing of Ligue 1 midfield star Adrien Rabiot.

Paris Saint-Germain director of sports Antero Henrique has admitted that Adrien Rabiot will leave the club on a free transfer, according to Gunnersphere.

The France international midfielder’s contract is set to expire in the summer and he has reportedly rejected offers from the club to extend his deal.

Speaking on the Rabiot’s contract situation Henrique said:

 “At this point, no [I am not surprised]. It was a decision made by the club following a meeting I had with the player. 

“The player informed me that he would not sign a contract and that he wanted to leave the club by being free at the end of the season, ie at the end of his contract. For the player, this will have a very clear consequence: he will remain on the bench for an indefinite period.”

He added:

“Several months ago, we had positive exchanges with his representative in the perspective that he remains at the club and signs a new contract. We also accepted all the conditions of the player related to the sports field. 

“We had discussed these conditions so that he would stay with us for years to come. But, unfortunately, from now on, the discussions have totally stopped.

“It seems that the player and his representative have misled us for several months. I must add that this situation is disrespectful for both the club and fans. Especially form a player who has played under our colours from the training centre to the first team. A player who has always received the full support of the club.”

The 23 year old seems to have fallen out of favour with everyone including his manager Thomas Tuchel in recent weeks, and will now be free to sign a pre-contractual agreement with a foreign club in January.

Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea are all interested in the central midfielder having tracked him for years and could see this as the best opportunity to snap him up.

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