Reportedly on the verge of signing for Arsenal, Yacine Adli has made a huge U-turn regarding his future and is ready to commit full-time to his current club Paris Saint-Germain.
According to Paris United, the young midfielder, who was yet to sign a professional contract with the Ligue 1 champions, was in London on Sunday at his agent’s house before returning to the French capital on Monday.
The reliable Twitter account explain that ‘despite pressure from Arsenal’, the 17-year-old made the decision to stay in France after a new meeting with Paris Saint-Germain’s director of football Antero Henrique.
Adli is now expected to put pen to paper on a three year deal in the coming week, and is reportedly ‘proud’ to sign his first professional deal with his childhood club.
They also point out there is no loan planned for the youngster, meaning he has probably been promised he could feature with the first-team at some point next season.
This is one of the few wins for Paris Saint-Germain when it comes to convincing their youngsters to stick around, having already lost, among others, Claudio Gomes to Manchester City earlier this year.
Losing Adli to Arsenal would have been another blow to an academy known to produce some talented footballers but whose first-team is so packed with strong players that it’s near impossible for them to break through.