Midfielder Chelsea reportedly want named in WC team of the tournament

Adrien Rabiot has certainly not done his reputation any damage so far at the World Cup.

The 27-year-old’s status in the sport is a strange one, having regularly dipped in and out of form for two of Europe’s grandest clubs.

He showed great promise in patches at Paris Saint-Germain, before joining Juventus to try and catapult his career.

Again, the midfielder has delivered signs of excellency in Serie A, but not on a consistent basis.

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Rabiot often frustrates fans and pundits alike because of his often-wasted talent.

But he did not squander the chance to impress on the grandest stage earlier in the week.

Rabiot revels in World Cup role

France’s 4-1 World Cup victory over Australia was orchestrated by the Juve player.

It was his fine header just before the half an hour mark that levelled the scores for Didier Deschamps’ side.

Just moments later, Rabiot surged into the Australian box and provided the perfect pass for Olivier Giroud to slot home.

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A goal, an assist and a general delightful display ensured the France international gain the recognition he deserved.

WhoScored included Rabiot in their team of the tournament so far following the first round of fixtures.

Only fellow Frenchman Antoine Griezmann, Dani Olmo and England’s Bukayo Saka received a higher overall rating than the Juventus man.

All eyes on Adrien

This short burst of success should not be mentioned without the events leading up to the sparkling moment, however.

Rabiot might not even been on the plane to Qatar, had N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba avoided injury ahead of the competition.

Plus, his own club future is very much up in the air, which may have played on his mind in the build and even during the World Cup.

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His contract with Juve expires in June, and there is a sense the Italians will not renew.

Chelsea are reportedly prepared to snap up the France international, potentially as a free agent.

Graham Potter is in need of a midfield revamp, with Kante and Jorginho both nearing the end of their deals.

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."