Wed 22 March 2023 | 11:28

Juventus' Rabiot reveals childhood idol & team he supported growing up

Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot does not rule out extending his contract with the Italian club.

Rabiot’s contract expires at the end of the season, and Juventus is prepared to offer the France international a pay rise.

In an interview with Tuttosport newspaper, Rabiot said he could extend his contract with the Bianconeri and also praised Max Allegri.

“At the moment there are no updates, but surely we’ll speak soon because the season will finish in two months,”

he said.

“I am calm. There’s a chance I leave, but I could also sign a new contract with Juventus. I am happy in Turin, I am doing a good job and on good terms with the directors, the teammates and the coach. He [Max Allegri] has helped me over the last two years, trusting me a lot. This is important to feel well and make the right decision for my future.

“Allegri has many qualities,”

continued Rabiot.

“First of all, he knows how to manage the team and he speaks to footballers like a father. He understands the psychological characteristics of his players. He always finds the right words, even in the movements under maximum pressure.

“Hard work is always the core at Juventus and I like this a lot. I’ve always worked hard, which is why I am here now. Juventus are different from other clubs. I haven’t known other Italian clubs, but I don’t think there are many like Juventus.”

Rabiot who has been linked with many English clubs revealed that he followed Liverpool as a kid.

“I followed Liverpool as a kid because I was a fan of Steven Gerrard,”

he said.

“He made me dream, so I used to follow the Reds. The other idol of mine was Zizou Zidane.”

The 27-year-old midfielder has scored nine goals in 33 matches across all competitions this season. Juventus' fans have named him ‘crazy horse.’

“It’s a bit strange, but I really like this nickname,”

he said.

“In reality, I am a very quiet and chilled guy, but on the pitch, I transform myself, that’s why I like the comparison with a horse, a free animal who is also strong and elegant.”

Rabiot also spoke about his relationship with his mum, who is also his agent.

“My family is fundamental to living and playing well. My mum and I have a solid bond also because we had family problems in the past. They are an authentic pillar to me. With my mum, we can split the personal and professional rapport, she’s also my agent and it’s not common.”



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