Juventus are confident that they will agree a new long-term contract with midfielder Adrien Rabiot, sources have confirmed to 90min.
Rabiot, after a rather disappointing first few seasons at Juve in which he managed just five Serie A goals in 94 appearances, has become one of the club’s star performers over the last 12 months. Having bagged a surprising eight goals in the 2022/23 season, Rabiot signed a one-year extension in Turin over the summer and has continued to impress in the early months of the current campaign.
Prior to signing that new deal with the Bianconeri, Rabiot had been heavily linked with a move to a number of top European clubs. Manchester United have long been interested in the midfielder’s services, while Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool were also keeping an eye on the 28-year-old.
90min understands that Man Utd still retain an interest in the player, thanks in part to Erik ten Hag being a noted fan of Rabiot’s skillset. Along with Man Utd, Premier League clubs Newcastle United and Aston Villa and Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are also keeping tabs on Rabiot’s situation at Juventus.
The midfielder currently has eight months left on his contract at the Allianz Stadium and, as such, could be available as a free agent at the end of June 2024.
The interested clubs could make a move for Rabiot if he opts to reject putting pen to paper on a new deal in Turin, however 90min understands that that is unlikely to be the case.
Juventus are growing increasingly confident that they will agree terms on a long-term contract with Rabiot before the January transfer window. The midfielder is said to be happy with the faith Juve have put in him, even giving him the captain’s armband on occasion in the early weeks of the 2023/24 season – including during the weekend win over Fiorentina.
Rabiot has played every minute of every Serie A game for Juventus so far this season, with manager Massimiliano Allegri recently heaping praise on the Frenchman.
“An extraordinary player, he has a different engine from the others, he learned to score goals, he believes more in himself,” Allegri said of Rabiot.
“I think he can do better this year, not in terms of goals but in terms of performance. It gives me great satisfaction already for the way he runs.”
As well as being a key player for Juventus in recent times, Rabiot’s form at club level has also led to an increased role on the international stage too. The midfielder shone as France reached a second consecutive World Cup final in December 2022, and is expected to be a starter for Les Bleus at the upcoming Euro 2024 finals.
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