Given permission to leave Juventus during the summer transfer window, Adrien Rabiot appeared to be close to joining Manchester United. Back in the media spotlight after failed talks with the Red Devils, her mother, Agent Véronique, has added a new element to her reputation as a feared tough negotiator.
A few days before the end of the transfer market in the main European championships, the clubs continue to work to improve their squad. Players looking for a new challenge are also looking to get placed before the deadline and their advisors are trying to find a team capable of taking them to the next level.
And then there’s Adrien Rabiot and his mother (and agent) Véronique. Announced on the departure from Juventus where he no longer acts as undisputed in the mind of Massimiliano Allegri, the French midfielder will not join Manchester United due to salary differences between the Red Devils and the tricolor clan. Above all, Véronique Rabiot would have been adamant about negotiating the 27-year-old’s contract. Everything but a surprise given the personality of the representative and the beginning of the career of her son.
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Véronique quickly put pressure on PSG for Adrien to play
Quickly identified as a promising player during his training, Adrien Rabiot chained the training centers during his adolescence and in particular in the side of Créteil or Manchester City. Finally arriving at PSG, the young midfielder started there with the professionals in 2012 at just 17 years old.
Eager to see her son make his mark quickly in Ligue 1, Véronique Rabiot favored a move on loan to Toulouse. Gradually gaining playing time despite stiff competition in midfield, the Frenchman will finally be a bit sidelined after a failed transfer to Italy and early tensions around an extension.
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A few tense moments where Véronique Rabiot took pride of place, as expected, without failing to share her criticisms or questions about Adrien’s career and place in the Parisian club. As early as 2015, he demanded an exit voucher to guarantee regular playing time for the young midfielder. “How sorry I am for Leonardo’s departure! A former high-level footballer would be needed as sports director,” the demanding representative had then dropped in a projection for Olivier Létang.
A complicated end to the adventure in Paris
Véronique Rabiot finally agreed to a first extension at PSG until June 2019. But six months after the end of the contract, and when he was going to be free to negotiate with his courtiers, Adrien Rabiot provoked the wrath of the then sporting director. Before Henry. By refusing to extend, in order to pocket a nice transfer bonus abroad, the midfielder was blacklisted by the club.
“It is absolutely not about money and it has never been about money with PSG. […] It’s very simple: Adrien wants to leave, the club doesn’t want to let him go,” agent Véronique complained.
Fired from the first team, the player had even taken the case to the French football authorities for reinstatement. Free match against Juventus, Adrien Rabiot was finally going to emancipate himself from France and take a new step in his career. Both in sporting and financial terms, the environment seemed to emerge the winner from their months-long confrontation with PSG. The common story between the club from Ile-de-France and the Rabiot clan ended a few months later when, after a new legal proceeding, this time before the Prud’hommes, Adrien Rabiot obtained the payment of an ethical premium (about 40,000 euros ). ) that Paris initially did not want to pay him. Once again, Véronique Rabiot was one of the main characters in this legal battle.
The sliding tackle at Le Graët after 2018
Quite tumultuous at the club, Adrien Rabiot’s career with the France team was also marked by some ups and downs and in particular on the sidelines of the 2018 World Cup. If the atmosphere today seems to have a good chance of competing in the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, he was only among Didier Deschamps’ 23 in Russia. Above all, he had refused to remain available as a substitute in case of injury just days before the start of the competition. A strong choice that later earned the Juventus player a spell away from the Blues for almost two years. The opportunity of a new strong defense of Véronique Rabiot for his soccer player’s son. Noël Le Graët, the president of the FFF, had paid the price.
“I had no contact with Mr. Le Graët. He did not speak to me, I did not speak to him. I did not ask him anything. […] In no way have I spoken with him,” assured the Juventus midfielder’s mother, who also manages the latter’s interests, in an interview granted in January 2020 to the L’Équipe channel.
The altercation with the Pogba and Mbappé clans in the European Championship
Finally returned to the France team thanks to these good performances in Serie A, Adrien Rabiot played Euro 2021 with the Blues. Used in different positions by the tricolor coach, the midfielder seemed to come back successfully and make us forget the small youthful mistakes of the past.
But frustrated by the end of the France team match and elimination in the round of 16 against Switzerland, Véronique Rabiot still misbehaved.
With her frankness that has provoked so many spades in the media, the mother and agent of the Turinese quarreled with the relatives of Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé. In the first she reproached a kind of carelessness and her loss of the ball to the detriment of Nati’s equalizer at 3-3.
In the second, still a great star in the Blues formation, Véronique Rabiot punished a kind of smugness by hitting (and missing) the decisive shot on goal. The mother in the middle thus asked Wilfrid Mbappé, Kylian’s father, to rethink his son a little.
Véronique Rabiot assumes her “authoritarian” side
Given the not always obvious family situation (her husband’s illness and then death), Véronique Rabiot multiplied herself on all fronts to better defend Adrien’s interests.
As sportingly as in the media, he does not regret this protection that he has put in the middle. Last March, the main interested party addressed the issue of her role in the Juve player’s career.
“We have not forgiven him for anything. And that since he was 17 years old. We all make mistakes all our lives. We don’t realize that footballers are teenagers when they start, that they have to grow up as men,” the mother launched. and agent with Ouest-France. […] The image of the little boy for his mother does not reflect reality at all. I am an authoritarian person, it is true, my children have reproached me many times. But he is not the one portrayed in the media.”
And to conclude on the idea that people have of her: “Where does that negative image come from? I think it has to do with not talking enough with journalists. Then they break us. But I have thick leather. I have nothing to prove, we have nothing to prove. I also don’t want to reveal myself or Adrien.”
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