PSG man not remotely close to call-up

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PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot is still a long way off being handed a France recall, according to French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet.

PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot is still a long way off being handed a France recall, according to French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet.

Rabiot has been in international exile since just before the World Cup when he did not make the 23-man squad, which ultimately won the tournament after a 4-2 win against Croatia in the final.

Didier Deschamps selected him to be on the standby list but the 23-year-old refused and relations between him and the national set-up have broken down.

His situation at club level is not much better after not playing since December due to a contract stand-off with PSG, with several clubs interested in making a move on a free transfer in the summer.

He has not been officially suspended by France but Le Graet says he is a long way off contention due to his lack of game-time.

‘I haven’t suspended him.

If the coach wants to take him, he absolutely can do that.

But that day is still a long way off,’ French Football Federation president Le Graet told L’Equipe.

‘He’s not playing for his club, and in the France team – in which he has never shown himself to be indispensable – others have taken his place.

But everyone handles their career as they see fit.’

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