Despite being born in the southeastern suburbs of Paris, Adrien Rabiot hopped between a number of clubs throughout his youth career, including even a brief spell with Manchester City in 2008. He eventually returned home to join Paris Saint-Germain, however, working his way into the B team and then finally breaking into the senior squad at the tender age of 17 during the 2012/13 season.
Assisted by a brief loan spell with Toulouse, Rabiot quickly established himself as a permanent member of PSG’s senior squad, and had long been considered a vital cog within PSG’s central midfield unit. He has also worked his way through the international ranks, representing France at every age group from Under-16 to the full senior team. Having not been initially selected as part of Didier Deschamps’ ultimately victorious World Cup squad last summer, he was put on the reserve list – a position he controversially refused, prompting Deschamps to suggest he had made “a huge mistake”.