Yacine Adli has been dropped to the Paris Saint-Germain reserves, after a disagreement with sporting director Antero Henrique, according to reports in France.
After making his senior debut for PSG under Unai Emery late last season, it was expected Adli would start to make the step up to first-team football this campaign. For a while, it appeared the midfielder would do so with Arsenal, as he came very close to a summer transfer. In the end, he decided to sign a new contract in Paris instead.
Adli has since struggled to make any kind of impact at senior level. He hasn’t played a single minute for the PSG first-team or even made their matchday squad. The 18-year-old was training with the senior players for a while, but even that privilege has reportedly come to an end.
French outlet L’Equipe write that Adli hasn’t trained with the PSG pros since December. Sporting director Antero Henrique wanted to send the youngster on loan in the January window, but he refused and was dropped to the reserves as a result.
After missing out on Adli, Arsenal signed Matteo Guendouzi, who has become a regular fixture in Emery’s side. The 19-year-old has 28 appearances for the first team under his belt already, and eight starts in Arsenal’s last nine league games.
Adli may have won himself a new €60,000 monthly contract and a €1m signing bonus, but he could come to regret not taking a chance with a transfer.