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PSG midfielder cites desire to play for Real Madrid amid exit rumours

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Following a disappointing season, Paris Saint-Germain are set for a massive overhaul in the upcoming summer transfer window.

The club are expected to offload multiple unwanted stars in an attempt to press the reset button and start from scratch, possibly under new leadership as the Mauricio Pochettino and Leonardo Araujo duo has clearly failed to offer the desired impact.

As such, we could witness a mass exodus in the summer, with Leandro Paredes among the players linked with a move away from Parc des Princes, along with other stars such as Gini Wijnaldum and Abdou Diallo.

Speaking to TyC Sports in a recent interview (h/t Fabrizio Romano), Paredes was asked about his future. The midfielder raised a few eyebrows with his comment on Real Madrid.

The former AS Roma starlet heaped praise on the recently crowned Spanish champions, stating: “I’d love to play for Real Madrid one day, it’s a top club”.

However, the Argentine international added he is happy with his life at PSG and has no immediate wish to leave the French capital. The midfielder also suggested how he is valued by the club and Pochettino, despite exit rumours.

“I respect Paris Saint-Germain and I’m more than happy here. Every year they say on the press I’m gonna leave PSG… but I’m happy here. The club wants me, Pochettino too,” said the midfielder.

Real Madrid have shown no ambition to sign Leandro Paredes in the coming summer. But it appears they should not have much difficulty agreeing personal terms with the Argentine, who is keen on plying his trade at the Bernabeu.

With Luka Modric and Toni Kroos nearing the final phase of their respective careers, one would argue Real Madrid require reinforcements in the midfield unit.

But it is unlikely they will make a move for Paredes, as Los Blancos are currently looking for younger individuals such as Aurelien Tchuameni, who can become the face the of the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come, alongside Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga.

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La Liga president says Real Madrid won’t have issues with Mbappe salary, praises Bellingham: “Best in the world”

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Javier Tebas may be at war with Florentino Perez over the Super League, but the La Liga president has always been a vocal supporter of Real Madrid.

Not too long ago, he spoke extensively about Real Madrid’s possible signings of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, going as far as to state that the Frenchman might have already signed a deal with Los Blancos.

Speaking at the Football Business Summit in London recently, Tebas once again unravelled many questions about Real Madrid’s financial situations while also touching upon Kylian Mbappe and Jude Bellingham.

On finances and Mbappe

He began by praising Los Blancos for navigating their finances with utmost caution during the crucial years of the pandemic in addition to their splendid revenue generation as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.

“Real Madrid have had a very optimal management, before, during and after the pandemic. Madrid have been earning an average of €30 million per year in the last ten years at least.”

“I don’t know what they are going to pay Mbappé, but knowing their financial situation, they are not going to have a problem paying him. I think it will be much less than what PSG pays him,” he added on the speculated arrival of Mbappe.

Mbappe will soon be a Real Madrid player. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Speaking about how Real Madrid are able to make such massive signings while other clubs in the league continue to struggle to meet La Liga’s spending limits, the league president said,

“They have removed two large salary burdens in recent years, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. And then they incorporated players with not-so-high investments.

“Real Madrid have then had great benefits, they achieved a significant reduction in the salaries of the players.”

Tebas further stressed the fact that Real Madrid’s financial situation was so rosy that they could invest massive amounts in squad reinforcements without facing any repercussions for the same. He insisted that it was not a bias in any way but a reward for a team that managed situations well.

“We can’t limit the one who is doing well. According to January data, Madrid could invest €700 million euros in transfers. They will not spend that at all, but the situation is so good that they could.”

Praise for Bellingham

Finally, the Spanish administrator praised Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham for his imperious form this season and went as far as to call him the best player in the world.

“Bellingham is currently the best player in the world, for his fitness and his way of playing. It is very important for us to have the best, even if you don’t always have everyone, to grow and for everything.”

“If we are all honest, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations and we hope that he will continue like this for many years,” he concluded.

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