His departure, angry with the club, would almost make you forget that Adrien Rabiot played 227 matches with Paris-Saint-Germain between 2012 and 2019. An end to a love story that never prevented the Frenchman (27 ) to continue to proclaim his attachment to PSG. Even today, the left-hander keeps friends, like Presnel Kimpembe (with whom he also exchanged on the match) and remains very appreciated by the oldest employees. In the stands, it’s another matter.
The anger of some supporters, who went so far as to whistle Rabiot at the end of 2018 during his last appearances at PSG, follows his desire not to extend a contract which ended six months later. The midfielder had even been sidelined by the club, from December to June. He had not even appeared on the lawn of the Parc des Princes, in May 2019, to celebrate the eighth title of Parisian champion and thus avoid a bronca.
Adrien Rabiot with the ball in Serie A, at the end of August. (M.Borsari/Sports Press)
“We think it is useless to whistle him
The midfielder with 132 meetings with Juventus Turin since his arrival in 2019 will return for the second time to the Parc des Princes. For his first return, in November 2021, the native of Saint-Maurice (Val-de-Marne) scored one of his two goals for the France team, against Kazakhstan (8-0). “It feels good to be back here.confided Rabiot. It’s nice to come back to this stadium. The atmosphere is always amazing, the pitch is perfect, the enclosure is beautiful. » With the tricolor jersey, the “Duke” had received a festive welcome.
The number of starts Adrien Rabiot has had in Serie A since joining Juventus in 2019. In total, he has played 97 matches in the Italian Championship and scored 5 times. Opta
But tonight, the public at the Parc des Princes will be different. More Parisian, more resentful too. Some remember the last complicated weeks spent by the player in the capital. “I will welcome Rabiot with the whistles he deservesexplains Enzo, who will be positioned in the Auteuil bend. A child of the club who betrays his colors will never be welcome in Paris. » A sharp speech that will not necessarily be shared by the whole stadium. The Collectif Ultras Paris has not given any instructions to its members. “It was the subject of discussions between ussays a member of the CUP. But we think that it is useless to whistle Rabiot. We must not forget that he is from here and that he loves the club. »
The player admits, in private, that his departure did not please everyone. But he does not want to put additional pressure on himself from the stands. Above all, he wants to enjoy returning to the stadium that made him a duke.