Adrien Rabiot had been linked with several of Europe’s leading clubs when, in July 2019, he agreed to join Juventus from Paris Saint-Germain, signing a five-year contract to move to Serie A after becoming a free agent at the age of 24. Given the presence of Aaron Ramsey, Weston McKennie, Arthur, Federico Bernardeschi and others, there is perhaps greater competition for selection at Juventus than for any other midfield in the world, even after the departures of Blaise Matuidi, Emre Can and Miralem Pjanic.
In Andrea Pirlo, Rabiot has a manager who was once the calibre of midfielder he aspires to be, and he will hope to improve in the way Fernandinho did under fellow midfielder Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. “He’s a former great midfielder,” the France midfielder said. “On the principles of the game and what he wants to put in place, it suits me, so of course, that can help me improve. A coach like Pirlo, for me as a midfielder, it’s perfect. Carlo Ancelotti made me go up to the first team (at PSG but) I spent only six months with him.”