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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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Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January

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Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.

For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.

According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.

For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.

For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.

Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.

For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.

Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.

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