‘I Could Also Have Stayed’ — Adil Aouchiche Reflects on his Decision to Leave PSG and Sign with Saint-Etienne

Adil Aouchiche made a grand career-altering decision earlier this summer when he decided to leave Paris Saint-Germain after his contract expired in June. The French talent had several offers from other clubs, but he ultimately decided to sign with Ligue 1 side AS Saint-Etienne.

Aouchiche’s deal with AS Saint-Etienne is set for three years. Aouchiche also had the option to stay on with PSG’s youth system but elected not to. In speaking to Telefoot, he reflected on his free transfer move and hope that there will not be any regrets with his decision.

“I chose to come to Saint-Etienne but I could also have stayed,” Aouchiche said. “It’s my choice today and I think it’s the right one and I hope it will be the right one.”

Aouchiche is primed to earn starting minutes with AS Saint-Etienne, which would not have been a guarantee had he signed a contract renewal deal with PSG. At the least, the Frenchman will have an opportunity to showcase his talent and develop his game in one of the biggest leagues on the continent.

Aouchiche has had a promising start already with his new club. He started in the team’s recent 2-0 league win against FC Lorient. It was the first time in his career that he played in all 90 minutes of a Ligue 1 contest.

The potential is there for Aouchiche.

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