Leandro Paredes has moved to PSG and signed a four and a half year contract with the Ligue 1 defending Champions.

Leandro Paredes was a sought after target for many teams but it boiled down to two clubs battling it out for the Argentine’s signature, Chelsea and Paris St. Germain. The Parisians won the race for the 24-year-old midfielder and Coach Thomas Tuchel will be pleased to add some much-required midfield reinforcement with Marco Veratti out injured and Adrien Rabiot falling out of favour following a contractual roadblock.

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Paredes has signed a contract until the end of the 2023 Season and will be wearing the number 8 jersey that was left vacant by Thiago Motta following his retirement. The Argentine is PSG’s first signing in the winter window and the player is ecstatic to have signed for the Club, he said on the Club’s website.

“I’m very proud to be joining Paris Saint-Germain, said Leandro Paredes on signing his contract. After my previous experiences in Italy and Russia, I now have this fantastic opportunity, not only to discover a new league but above all one to wear one of the most prestigious club jerseys in the world. I’d like to thank the chairman and the coach for the confidence they have shown in me by signing me. We all know the extraordinary sporting dimension of Paris Saint-Germain, its players, and staff. I share the same high ambitions and I will do everything I can to give my club what it expects of me as a midfielder. I also look forward to the passionate atmosphere of the Parc des Princes, as I grew up with football fever in Argentina.”

The signing is also a big boost for the Parisians as they take on Manchester United on the 13th of February without World record signing Neymar or trusted midfielder Marco Veratti. Given Manchester United’s current form the game could prove to be a tough one for PSG and Parades provides them with the much-required cover in midfield. With Adrien Rabiot falling out with the Club and the Manager over his contract that will run down at the end of the Season, it was essential that PSG signed a player similar to the Frenchman who can pull the strings from deep in midfield while providing decent defensive cover as well. PSG CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi praised new signing Paredes highly.

“We are very happy to welcome Leandro Paredes into the Paris Saint-Germain family today. Leandro brings with him the traditional strengths of Argentinian football- a fighting spirit and excellent technical skills. He will bring a lot to our midfield and I am sure he will fit quickly into our coach’s well-organized and ambitious team. Leandro’s arrival will keep the momentum, both on the pitch and among our supporters, ahead of the major events coming up. Exciting times lie ahead.”

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