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What Thomas Tuchel said as Barcelona target rejects PSG renewal offer

Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has raised further doubts over Adrien Rabiot’s future amid speculation of interest from Barcelona.

The 23-year-old has established himself as a key figure for the Parisian giants, making over 200 appearances already for the club after making his breakthrough in 2012.

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In turn, the quality that he has shown to date coupled with the fact that he still has his entire career ahead of him to improve and develop further, the Ligue 1 champions will undoubtedly be desperate to keep him for the foreseeable future.

However, their hopes of seeing that happen took a significant blow over the weekend, as Marca report that Rabiot snubbed their contract renewal offer with his current deal set to expire next summer, with Barcelona specifically mentioned as an interested party.

With that in mind, it remains to be seen whether or not PSG now choose to sell him this summer or perhaps in January to avoid losing him for nothing in a year’s time, with Tuchel now conceding that he doesn’t know if his star midfield ace will stay.

“I’m not certain he will stay. I want him to stay but it’s up to him,” he is quoted as telling Canal Plus by Goal.com. “He has great potential and can improve even further. He can become a top player but has to stay with us.”

Although they’ve already signed Arthur and Arturo Vidal this summer to bolster their midfield, Barcelona could seemingly yet swoop for Rabiot too as he would appear to tick many of the boxes required to flourish at the Nou Camp.

With his technical quality coupled with his vision and passing ability, he could fit the style of play at Barca well, and so if he does indeed refuse a new contract at PSG, a move to Spain could make sense despite the disappointment it would cause on Tuchel’s part.

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