Thomas Tuchel has emphasised his “love” for working with Adrien Rabiot but the Paris Saint-Germain coach also admitted that he has “no influence over the rest” as the midfielder is chased by Barcelona, Manchester City and Liverpool.
Rabiot, 23, is into the final 12 months of his contract and sources have said that the France international’s mother and agent Veronique has been in contact with Liverpool as talks involving PSG sporting director Antero Henrique and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi are yet to prove fruitful.
“I really like Adrien, really,” Tuchel told RMC. “I appreciate him.
“There was a difficult situation after the World Cup that he missed but Adrien has showed incredible willingness from the first day of training. He has never missed a training session, not a single thing — we can really trust him and count on him.
“Adrien is good, physically, and he is essential for us. He has huge potential, which is also true of Alphonse [Areola]. Adrien comes from the youth academy and it is very important to have players like him here, to encourage them, support them and place them at the heart of the project.
“I love working with Adrien and I have no influence over the rest.”