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Snubbed France Star: I'm Not Immature

Snubbed France Star: I'm Not Immature

By SL International - May 27, 2018 06:01 PM

A French footballer who snubbed for the 2018 World Cup has explained his decision to reject a chance to be on the team's stand-by list for the tournament.

Read: France Boss Shocked At Behaviour Of Snubbed World Cup Star

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot was named on the standby list along with Manchester United's Anthony Martial in case anybody from the final 23-man squad gets injured.

Rabiot has since rejected the chance to be on the reserve list and he has now explained why.

“I suspected the impact my decision would have, but I refuse to be caricatured as a young immature player unable to measure the scope of his actions.

“Football is my job, but football is also my passion, I’ve worked again and again to climb to the highest level and everything I have achieved so far I have done through hard work.

“And then I have a dream, like all footballers, it’s playing for my country.

“Wearing the blue jersey is for me an honour, a pride. To win with France, to win for France, is a mission. Since the age of 15, I have represented France at every youth level, waiting for my call-up to the senior side.

“Also, I do not allow anyone to speak on my behalf about my relationship with the French national team. Since my first call-up to the first-team, as a reserve in May 2016, I have played 88 games with my club – PSG, a big European club -including 13 in the Champions League, scoring nine goals and winning seven trophies.

“If I decided to withdraw from the standby list, it is because I consider that the manager’s choice does not make any sense; for all these years the message has been clear: it is the performances at club level which open the doors of to the French team.

“I am a competitor without qualms, but I am also a man, and as such, I would have liked to be considered as such.

“My stance does not target the players selected in my place. And I thank Mr. Le Graët, the President of the Federation, for having highlighted the exemplary nature of my selection behaviour over the past eight years.

“Finally, I accept and I will face all the consequences of my choice with the support of my family and my relatives “.

Read: France Announce World Cup Squad

Do you think it's right for Rabiot to withdraw from the standby list? Have your say in the comment section below.



Gwamaa Joined: 22 May 2018
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Gwamaa May 30, 2018 11:10 AM
Tell like it is boy#BigUP
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So in short you are saying there are a couple of players you are better than in the team? I don't agree with you here boy, i know you are a good player but as experienced as you are, you must know that each coach has his favorites. So you tell us Rabiot, who should be dropped here? Midfielders: Paul Pogba (Manchester United/England), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich/Germany), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus/Italy), Ngolo Kante (Chelsea/England), Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla/Spain);
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afrikaanse May 28, 2018 02:27 PM
Good boy, honestly you are better than most of the players who were selected ahead of you
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Mpho wa Cosmos May 28, 2018 10:21 AM
you know your worth boy
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MR E May 28, 2018 04:11 AM
Rabiot should have been selected, the boy's performance for PSG was good
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Glamour boys akaKhosination May 27, 2018 09:55 PM
Didier Deschamp is making a lot enermies when it comes to responding with players choice. There was no need to attack this boy.
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Soni_JX May 27, 2018 08:43 PM
Weeeee are the champiooooons.....the chaaaampioooons
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Relax Rabiot, we all know France won't get far in the WC & that old f*rt Deschamps will hit the road soon & you shall make your return with a lot of players
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Vharazipi May 27, 2018 07:31 PM
What a loose for France national team. The coach has something with this guy. Thousands of people can vote the coach out if he has grudge with players
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Vharazipi May 27, 2018 07:27 PM
The coach has his choice. I also support your decision to withdraw because of one or two things. Complete player and hard worker. The coach must ask verrati who you are. The coach made a wrong call on that one
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RoMzaaaa May 27, 2018 07:02 PM
I admire Rabiot, I wonder if in S.A there are any players like him...I see a sea of 'yes sirs' butt lickers. Wait, I'm thinking Pienaar...I'm thinking Serero...Okay, not so bad!
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connaissance09 May 27, 2018 06:44 PM
that's being a man . many people were surprised by your exclusion . you can't be treated any how. know your worth and stand for what you believe in
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luckydinho May 27, 2018 06:40 PM
Wlledone you are the man with balls straight talk with fact
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Munangwangwa May 27, 2018 06:18 PM
I see where you are coming from blah... know your worth

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