PSG's Adrien Rabiot is one of the most sought after midfielders in Europe, yet is still out in the cold for his national side.
The Frenchman controversially refused to be put on a stand by list for the World Cup last summer, much to the chagrin of Les Blues manager Didier Deschamps.
Deschamps revealed on beIN Sports that he is constantly asked about Rabiot's potential involvement in future French squads, though from Deschamps' words you get the sense that Rabiot will have to go above and beyond in order to feature for France again under his reign:
What do you want me to say? I'll tell you what it is. It might go viral but I don't care. I am asked this question regularly. I won't close the door, but it seems that when I am asked this, you're talking to me about a player who was very good with the French national team. If this is the case then take a look at his five games he had with us.
I won't take away from the qualities of Adrien Rabiot, what he can do at PSG even if it is complicated for his on the pitch and off the pitch, it is between himself and his manager at PSG.
We're not talking about a player who's had high levels of performance while he was with us. The national team survived and I called on other players who met my expectations.
I don't want to aggravate the situation but you cannot minimize the decision he took. We're talking about the French national tea,. What the kit represents to us, and the decision he made... he didn't do any harm, there will always be worse things, but regarding the message I have been trying to pass to my players since I became manager in 2012, I always considered having this kind of attitude is a 'no'.
Deschamps also revealed that he has yet to speak to Rabiot since the player's refusal to be in the reserves.
Rabiot himself has been the subject of much transfer speculation of late, with the midfielder's contract up in the summer. The 23-year-old has been linked with Barcelona and Liverpool, though PSG are reluctant to sell to the Catalans after seeing the relationship between the clubs damaged over the sale of Neymar.