Le Parisien and L’Équipe report this morning that PSG central midfielder Adrien Rabiot has written a letter to the French Football Federation refusing to join up with France’s 23-man World Cup squad amongst his fellow other 10 reserve players, after missing out on a seat on the plane to Russia.
It is believed that Rabiot came to this decision on his own, but historically it is well known that some of his more flamboyant choices have been made in harmony with mother and agent, Veronique.
The 23-year-old’s non-inclusion in the 23-man squad was one of the biggest shocks when Deschamps announced his list last Thursday, with Sevilla’s defensive midfielder Steven N’Zonzi taking his spot instead.
Rabiot’s anger about missing out on the Russia World Cup has propelled him to make this radical decision, which could have serious implications for his future career with the national team.
In part, Rabiot blames PSG for his exclusion, feeling that the club did not support his candidacy enough, and that Unai Emery’s decision to play him as an #8 this season when his preferred position is #6, put him at a big disadvantage.
Didier Deschamps claimed in a press conference last week that he saw Rabiot as an #8 and not a #6, in part justifying the young Frenchman’s frustrations.
There is a possibility that Rabiot drops this stance, but if he doesn’t, Deschamps will surely be inclined to call-up someone else to take his reserve spot. Tanguy N’Dombélé would certainly have good reason to be hopeful if this ends up being the case.