Back in 2008, at the age of 13, Rabiot landed in Manchester with his mum Veronique, having been invited by City scouts who spotted his potential while he was still at the French national academy at Clairefontaine – the talent factory which produced Thierry Henry, Kylian Mbappe, and Nicolas Anelka among many more.
Rabiot explained how he came to be training at Platt Lane, in a six-month stay.
“During the last entry course at Clairefontaine, Manchester City recruiters were present," he said. “They told my mum they were interested in my profile. We made the decision to go to England. “Everything was going well, but after six months, the club did not respect certain agreements, so my mother said 'Stop' and we went home."
Rabiot's mum was his agent – his dad was stricken by a stroke in 2007 which left him with locked-in syndrome, and Veronique took over looking after the boy's football career.
“From an early age, she followed me everywhere, in England, in the south of France," said Rabiot, who spent a season at Pau after leaving City.