The Frenchman is currently on international duty at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as Les Bleus prepare for a quarter-final clash against England, and Rabiot cast his future at Juventus into doubt after making clear the goals he had set for himself in his career.
Speaking at a press conference in Qatar, and as reported by Tuttomercatoweb, Rabiot admitted that his experiences of living in England as a child had contributed towards his desire to experience football in the Premier League, after impressing for Juventus this season.
“Living in England at the age of 13 was a great experience even though I was only there for a year. I liked the atmosphere, which is different from what I have experienced in France or Italy,” the former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder declared.
“I’d like to play in the Premier League during my career, I’ve always said that.”
Fitness behind Rabiot’s improved form
Rabiot has enjoyed a stellar season with the Bianconeri and has caught the eye at the World Cup, as France seek to defend their crown.
With his contract set to expire in June, the 27-year-old could be playing his final season for Juventus, but suggested that his impressive form was down to fewer injuries this term.
“I’ve been playing well for Juve for several months now and I’m satisfied with what I’ve been doing at the World Cup since the start of the tournament,” Rabiot said.
“Since I’ve been in Italy I’ve worked a lot on my body and this has allowed me to not lose pace over the course of a single match. That’s what made me evolve, by not having any more interruptions.”
Bright spark in a turbulent season
Juventus have had a rather rocky campaign both on and off the pitch, with a Champions League group stage exit and slow start to the Serie A season paling in significance to the sudden wave of resignations at boardroom level as part of a financial fraud investigation.
Despite all this, Rabiot has impressed at the heart of the Bianconeri’s midfield and earned rave reviews, after years of failing to prove himself consistently enough for many supporters.
The ex-PSG man has plugged the gap that was expected to have been filled by injured compatriot Paul Pogba, with five goals from 16 games in all competitions.