In a week that begun with Manchester United securing a late win at Fulham courtesy of a goal from a hot young talent, fans of the Red Devils have grown used to a wide cacophony of noise around the club. Thanks to an explosive interview from current striker and likely now former legend Cristiano Ronaldo, United are under the microscope for all kinds of problems. From a lack of ambition in the transfer market to failing to update their stadium and training ground, just about everything has been a talking point.
Now, another name linked with United – albeit not actually an ex-player – has added fuel to the fire. In the summer, a failed attempt to sign Frenkie de Jong seen United look to other options. One player who came close to a move to Old Trafford was Adrian Rabiot, the former Paris Saint-Germain and current Juventus midfielder.
Despite a contentious personality, Rabiot has long been lauded as the kind of high-energy, aggressive midfielder that United need. However, he stuck around in Turin and has since been a key part in Juve’s winter revival. The Bianconeri are back up to third spot in the league, and have been dismissing their opponents in important league games.
Rabiot, then, made it clear in a recent interview that he was happy with how things worked out this summer. Despite what would have been a wage increase and the chance to play in the Premier League, Rabiot has not been shy in telling Italian publication Gazzetta Dello Sport that he is happy with the outcome.
What did Adrian Rabiot say about Manchester United?
Though many United fans have been quick to dismiss the words of Ronaldo as the ramblings of an angry player out of the first-team picture, the words of Rabiot are somehow more worthwhile. Here is a player in his prime years, who would have been a visible difference-maker at Old Trafford. In his interview, though, he made clear that going to United was not his priority.
His contract runs out at the end of the season, but it sounds like there will be movement to tie-up a new deal before the end of the winter break. Rabiot stated in his recent interview that he was comfortable with his situation, saying: “It’s true, there were contacts in the Premier League. But in the end, it was perhaps fortunate that I stayed, perhaps the best decision.” Rabiot mused.
What about next summer, though? Would he consider a move to England, then? On that, Rabiot was dismissive, saying: “The Premier League remains the most followed league, but I don’t think about the future. I stay focused on the World Cup. The club and I are in no hurry. There is serenity and we will have time to weigh up every possibility.”
Who knows what the future holds? For now, though, it sounds like Rabiot is happy that he did not end up at the current circus that is Manchester United.