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Juventus chief plays down Adrien Rabiot to Manchester United, Arsenal talk

Juve chief plays down Rabiot to United, Arsenal talk
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Juventus chief football officer Fabio Paratici plays down reports that Adrien Rabiot - linked with Arsenal and Manchester United - could leave the club.

Juventus chief football officer Fabio Paratici has played down suggestions that Adrien Rabiot could leave the club during the upcoming transfer window.

The 25-year-old only joined the Old Lady last summer, but Manchester United and Arsenal are among the clubs to be credited with an interest in his services over the last few weeks.

Rabiot has only started 13 Serie A games for Juve during the 2019-20 campaign, while he is yet to score or register an assist for Maurizio Sarri's side.

However, Paratici has insisted that the Frenchman is "very important" for the club and will be a part of their "future", seemingly ruling out a summer exit.

"Let's not forget that Rabiot is in his first year in Italy, and the first year is always special," Paratici told Sky Sport Italia.

"At the start of the season, we could see the same doubts over Matthijs de Ligt, who happened to be the best defender in the Champions League (with Ajax last season) at the age of 19. Now I see there is a different opinion of him.

"Rabiot also arrived from PSG after six months of inactivity. He had to catch up with his physical condition. That said, he is a great player, someone who is very important for Juventus today and will be for the future."

Rabiot's contract in Turin is due to run until the end of the 2022-23 campaign.

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