PSG Loanee Paredes Wishes to Prolong His Juventus Stay

Leandro Paredes broke the deadlock against Lecce with a superb free kick, netting his first goal since joining Juventus. The regista hasn’t lived up to expectations so far, but he hopes to be able to convince the management to keep him after his loan spell from PSG ends. He talked to DAZN after the game (via Tuttomercatoweb).

“I feel good. I hadn’t scored in a while, but I’m happier for the victory and the team, which deserved it. It was a hard-fought game like any at this point. Either at home or on the road, we just have to work hard because matches will always be like this.”

Paredes sought out Paul Pogba to celebrate.

“I always take extra reps on free kicks before games, and I told him I felt I could score today. He agreed and invited me to hug him if it happened.”

The midfielder re-entered the rotation after falling out of favor and a spat with the coach.

“These things happen. There are discussions in every family. We cleared the air, and that was it. We’ll forge ahead together. That’s all we want.”

Paredes was quizzed about his Juventus future.

“I don’t know what will happen. I live my career day after day. Let’s hope for the best outcome for everybody. I like being here. My family and I are happy. We hope to stay put.”

The Bianconeri have a €22.6M option to buy him out. He earns €7M per year, on par with the highest-paid players on their squad. They would have to give PSG €2.5M if they didn’t keep the Argentine.

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