It might have looked like a flop but the last few months show that the 48 million euros spent to recruit him were not in vain. Leandro Paredes is now indisputable in the eyes of Mauricio Pochettino and returned to his complicated beginnings with PSG.
The famous time to adapt to PSG
Recruited in winter 2019 from Zenit Saint-Petersburg, Leandro Paredes was only known by very few supporters of the Parisian club. Nevertheless, it was not long before they discovered the character that is the Argentinian milieu. Combative and not hesitating to provoke his opponents, the former Roma player quickly entered the hearts of fans of the Parisian club despite some shortcomings which particularly displeased Thomas Tuchel. However, the German technician then decided to start him in the Final 8 of the Champions League, the native of San Justo being perfect in the Parisian midfield alongside Marquinhos, working defensively to free Kylian Mbappé and Neymar.
A happy ending for the 26-year-old, who returned to his complicated beginnings at the JDD microphone: “The adaptation was not easy. From the outside, we cannot imagine the difficulty of integrating into a group already in place. People criticize without knowing, regrets Paredes. Those who spoke of failure about my transfer have done an injustice. “
Pochettino gives him even more confidence
Performances that allowed the Argentine international to be an indisputable holder at the start of the 2020-21 season under Thomas Tuchel but also under Mauricio Pochettino. With the former coach of Tottenham, Paredes is the control tower of the Ile-de-France training and his compatriot returns him well by achieving great performances, like the one he achieved in the knockout stages of the Champions League. A culmination for the former Empoli player, who thanked his coach: “Today, the new coach gives me a lot of confidence and freedom to play. With him, I play my game. Lately, I am comfortable and I bring more. ” Encouraging words and which show that Paredes will be keen to help PSG and its coach win in the Champions League, in Ligue 1 but also in the Coupe the France.