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Adrien Rabiot opens up on his failed Manchester United move in summer

Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot has revealed he was close to moving to the Premier League last summer.

The Bianconeri put the French midfielder up for sale during the transfer window as they wanted to get him off their bloated wage bill and accommodate new signing Paul Pogba.

Manchester United looked to be the potential suitors after Erik ten Hag identified Rabiot as the alternative for Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong.

Rabiot was on the brink of a move to Old Trafford, but a wage dispute caused the deal to collapse at the eleventh hour.

The former Paris Saint-Germain star has now opened up on the failed move, stating that he was eager to play in the Premier League but feels fortunate to stay in Turin.

In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Rabiot said (h/t Football Italia): “It’s true, there were contacts with Premier League clubs, but in the end, I was lucky to stay, perhaps it was the best decision.”

Rabiot has been performing at the highest level this season, playing a pivotal role in Juve’s recent resurgence, winning the last six Serie A games.

The Old Lady have been impressed by Rabiot’s impact and want to extend his current deal beyond 2023, but he is reportedly against it.

Chelsea have expressed interest in the 27-year-old ahead of a potential move in the January transfer window.

However, Rabiot insists that he is in no hurry to decide on his future and is focused on performing well at the World Cup 2022.

“The Premier League is the most followed league, but I don’t think about the future,” he added. “I am focused on the World Cup. The club and I are in no hurry – there’s serenity so we can consider all options.”

Rabiot has been included in France’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar and is expected to play a prominent role.

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