Adrien Rabiot calls on French FA to force Paris Saint-Germain to allow him to return to first-team setup

Adrien Rabiot during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid at Parc des Princes on March 6, 2018 in Paris, France.
Image: Adrien Rabiot has been forced to train with the reserves in recent weeks

Contract rebel Adrien Rabiot is hoping to force Paris Saint-Germain to allow him to train with the first-team squad again amid ongoing uncertainty about his future at the French club.

The 23-year-old France international midfielder has not played for PSG since early December and has been ordered to train with the reserves after failing to agree a new contract.

His existing deal expires at the end of the season and Rabiot has been strongly linked with moves to Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the last month, either for free in the summer, or even before the January transfer window closes.

Hatem Ben Arfa reportedly turned down West Ham in the summer
Image: Hatem Ben Arfa was in a similar situation at PSG before finally joining Rennes

The French league (LFP) confirmed on Monday Rabiot has taken the matter to their legal committee, claiming PSG's decision to banish him goes against the "professional footballer's charter".

That charter only allows for players to be ordered to train apart "on a temporary basis" and for "exclusively sporting reasons".

His enforced absence comes at a time when PSG are short of options in midfield and have just lost Itay midfielder Marco Verratti to an ankle injury.

Marco Verratti in action during the Group A, Champions League, Group A match between Paris Saint-Germain Football Club and Basel
Image: Marco Verratti is a doubt for PSG's first leg Champions League tie with Man Utd

With the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester United just three weeks away, PSG desperately need to bring in reinforcements before the January window shuts.

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"I respect the club's decision and I can understand it," said coach Thomas Tuchel when asked about Rabiot's absence last week.

"I need to focus on my team, on who is available."

Hatem Ben Arfa was also frozen out and ordered to train with the PSG reserves last season. He joined Rennes at the start of this campaign.

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