Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien Rabiot France snub labelled as 'massive mistake' by Didier Deschamps
Posted: 24 May 2018 Time: 09:30
France head coach Didier Deschamps blasted the recent antics of Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien Rabiot putting his international career in doubt.
Rabiot, 23, looked to be a certain selection for the Les Blues after an incredible season with the Ligue 1 champions with five goals and seven assists in 49 games.
The deep-lying playmaker was a regular call-up throughout the past two years with Deschamps but was surprisingly left out for Sevilla midfielder Steven N'Zonzi for the final 23-man squad.
Since then, the towering midfielder has declared himself unavailable as a standby selection, which has caused quite a stir within the national team.
"It was not a letter, it was an email that arrived on Monday," Descamps told Clairefontaine. "I called Adrien and sent him an SMS, to be sure that he had sent it. He did not respond.
"I was surprised. I can understand [his] immense disappointment. However, to take this decision because of that... He has automatically excluded himself. I dare to hope that he will mature and reflect after this massive mistake. There is no place for this sort of behaviour. I have taken note of this.
"However, I will not create a story for days out of it. He has refused to be part of the reserves, to follow some instructions [to keep him ready for action] and [be] called up if needed -- that is his choice, he owns it."
When asked if it marked the end of Rabiot's career under his leadership, the former Juventus boss said;"I have never taken rash decisions.
"Adrien is at fault, full stop. To take such a decision when the France national team comes above all... He is only 23 years old -- it is up to him to learn.