Aged 13, Adrien Rabiot had a six-month stint at City’s academy before returning to France with reported homesickness. Last year Rabiot scored in the Champions League quarter-final against City, a tie which the sky blues won over the two legs.
That just shows the contrast of how less than a decade can shape a player. Now, he has just turned 22 and is starring for the French Champions and the national team, with three caps to his name so far.
City may be impotent to the situation now, however, when acting as the shield protecting City’s unsteady defence there is no doubt he would have been pivotal to our success in the future.
Rabiot has an admirable pass completion of 89.9% in all competitions reflective of a startling young talent with bags of potential who would prosper in a possession based team under Guardiola.