Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has spoken about his bright start to the campaign and how he remains level-headed and focused on becoming a regular for les Parisens.
The 18-year-old is a product of PSG's youth system and was sent out on loan during the second half of last season to Toulouse where he scored one goal and provided two assists in his 13 Ligue 1 appearances.
The France Under-21 international maintains that he has made progress in becoming a key player for the current French champions and believes head coach Laurent Blanc's confidence in his ability has helped spur him on.
"In terms of playing time, a first step has been taken. I play more regularly. I am no longer the little kid who starts," Rabiot told Le Parisien.
"My loan at Toulouse did me a lot of good. I played 13 Ligue 1 matches. This experience gave me personal landmarks and I showed others what I can do, including my team-mates PSG.
"In early August, Laurent Blanc took me aside to tell me that he was counting on me and that he was opposed to the idea of me leaving on loan."
Rabiot started in PSG's 4-0 win over Bastia on Saturday, in which two goals apiece from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani embellished the victory.