Arsenal, United on alert: Long-term target confirms he is open to Premier League move

Sankha Ghosh / 05 September 2016

Adrien Rabiot has opened up on his target of returning to the Premier League in the near future.

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Rabiot has regularly been linked with a move to England, where he spent a year with Manchester City as a youth player.

Arsenal and Manchester United are those most commonly credited with an interest in the Frenchman, who has struggled at times to establish himself in Ligue Un.

Although the 21-year-old has started each of PSG’s opening three games this campaign, he started just 19 as they sauntered to another title last season.

Discussing his future, the France youth international admitted that he would one day relish a return to the Premier League.

“I really liked my time in England and the life there, even outside of football,” he said. “I told myself that I will return one day. I have always had the desire to play in England, it is in me. The Premier League… that is football!

“Of course, I am very happy at PSG and I would like to stay for a long time, to grow with the club and to become captain of the team one day, but we cannot predict how things can turn out.”

Rabiot is capable of playing anywhere in the midfield, from the holding role to a more box to box attacking role. He can be likened to compatriot Paul Pogba, without the bulky physique.

He can smoothly shift from the back to the front during the course of the match and also acts as the engine room for the team when he gets enough time in a match. His deep-lying playmaker role has seen him starting some mouth-watering moves.

He usually sits in the centre and operates between the defense and the attack, thus not becoming completely a defensive midfielder, which usually sees the player acting as the third central defender or a shield to the defence, or becoming an out and out attacking midfielder for the team. Instead, he sits in the centre and starts plays from the heart of the pitch.