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PSG boss Blanc urges Arsenal target Rabiot to remain

Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc has implored youngster Adrien Rabiot to stay with the club.

The 19-year old attacking midfielder has seen his game time with the French giants drop off in recent months following the January arrival of Yohan Cabaye from Newcastle United.

Rabiot has started 10 times in Ligue 1 for 23 appearances in France's top flight this season which has placed question marks on his future, especially seeing as PSG are showing interest in Juventus ace Paul Pogba.

Rabiot was reportedly attracting the interest of both Arsenal and Tottenham earlier this campaign but from comments made by Blanc, the talented midfielder is wanted by the Parisians for next season and beyond.

"I esteem for this boy," Blanc is quoted by Foot Mercato speaking at a media conference this week.

"Actually he is young, he has a big potential, he proved this season that he could hope to have more than a little playing time if not injured.

"Unfortunately, there has been the recruitment of Cabaye, (which was) necessary I think.

"He is 19 years old, he is eager to play, I can understand but do not forget that it is a great club and in life sometimes you have to be patient. It is easy to say, sometimes more difficult to understand.

"I hope he will stay at PSG."

Rabiot grew up in Saint-Maurice, in the south eastern suburbs of Paris, before making his way to PSG's youth academy in 2010 after stints with Manchester City, Creteil and Pau FC.

He enjoyed a loan spell with Toulouse in 2013 before returning to Parc des Princes where he has been given more opportunities by Blanc in 2013/14.

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