Adrien Rabiot feels he is close to earning a senior cap for France but admits he could be forced to leave Paris Saint-Germain in the future in order to bolster his chances.
The 18-year-old midfielder has enjoyed a meteoric progression this season, playing 14 times and scoring once for Laurent Blanc's side after impressing whilst on loan at Toulouse during the latter half of the 2012-13 campaign.
In an interview with L'Equipe, the youngster expressed his ambition to represent France at senior level whilst also hinting that he may be forced to leave Parc des Princes should his opportunities for regular football become limited.
"I think if you can play in this PSG team, you can play in the senior France side," the former Manchester City youth player said.
"For the moment, it's a little early. I have two caps at Under-21 level, you mustn't be too hasty, but I don't think I'm very, very far away. There's still work to do though. There are a lot of players in front of me.
"In football, things can change very quickly. It is difficult to say 'I'm going to stay four or five years at this club.'
"If my future lies elsewhere because of players ahead of me, that's the way it has to be."
Rabiot is under contract with PSG until June 2015 and, though he knew he would be competing against more illustrious colleagues in the Ligue 1 champions' midfield, he rejected any suggestions of moving in the summer to fight for his place.
"I like to take risks, but if I said [that I was ready to compete for my place], it's because I thought it," he continued.
"I thought I could bring something to the team. I have a different profile to the other midfielders. With a three-man midfield, it was almost certain I would play. The coach told me things, and I took him at his word.
"This has been superb for me. To experience this, at my age, is simply amazing. When I speak about it with my friends or people outside of football, they all think it's absolutely incredible."