Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he will assess the situation with Adrien Rabiot after the January transfer window, even as the player is expected to leave the club at the end of the season.
Rabiot has locked horns with club hierarchy and refused to sign a new deal, with only six months left on his current contract. This prompted the club chief to declare that the player will be benched for the rest of the season.
However, Tuchel has now suggested that they will take a look at Rabiot's situation once again after the January transfer window.
"It's not possible to reinstate him in January, because a lot of things can happen," he said on Friday, according to Goal.
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"If he doesn't leave, I am open to everything, but that will depend on many things. He trains very well but the situation between Rabiot and the club is complicated and it's necessary to wait."
PSG are reeling from a shock defeat to Guingamp in the Coupe de la Ligue, which saw them knocked out of the competition, marking their first defeat in a domestic cup competition in five years.
"Yesterday, we had training and everyone was a little sad. It's normal, after a defeat. When you lose a match, it's always hard. But yesterday we did the best thing in my opinion: quality training."
"We must continue like this and it is necessary to repeat that at training today. We must show our ability to react and it is a good thing to play only three days after Guingamp, to forget the defeat," the German concluded.
The French champions will be aiming to get back to winning ways, even as the Champions League knockout stage starts in the next few weeks.