Abidal yet to hear Rabiot snub reasons

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Barcelona director of football Eric Abidal says he is in the dark as to why Adrien Rabiot opted not to join the Catalans this summer.

Barcelona director of football Eric Abidal says he is in the dark as to why Adrien Rabiot opted not to join the Catalans this summer.

France international Rabiot was a target for the reigning Spanish champions this summer after the midfielder confirmed he would be leaving Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expired on June 30.

Barcelona were said to be leading the race for the 24-year-old’s signature and several media outlets claimed a deal would be confirmed on July 1 when he officially became a free agent.

However, it was Italian champions Juventus, who also signed Welshman Aaron Ramsey on a free from Arsenal, that managed to snap up the Saint-Maurice-born star and Abidal says he doesn’t know why Rabiot snubbed the Catalans.

‘He was on our list [of targets] and it was his choice to join Juventus,’ he told Le Parisien.

‘I do not know the reasons.

It may have been a sporting choice or a financial decision, I don’t know.’

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