Leandro Paredes honoured by Real Madrid and Juventus links

Leandro Paredes honoured by Real Madrid and Juventus links

Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes says he is “honoured” to be linked with a move to both Real Madrid and Juventus.

The Argentinian midfielder has been in good form for Roberto Mancini’s sides this season, despite Zenit struggling to make an impact in the Russian Premier League this term.

The Lions have found themselves off the pace this season and are currently fifth in the table, 10 points behind leaders Lokomotiv Moscow.

Paredes has impressed since his move from Roma last year and has netted three times in 22 league appearances for Roberto Mancini’s side this campaign.

When asked about the transfer rumours, the Argentinian said, according to Goal: “It is an honour for me to hear of the interest from Real Madrid and Juventus.

“I do not want these rumours to distract me but after the World Cup this summer I will look to make a decision, but it will not be easy.”

Paredes continued: “I would need to think about all the options available to me but the reality is I am young, but I am ready for the challenge of playing for a big club like Madrid.

“However, I have lots of friends in Turin but the environment of Madrid would help motivate someone like me, surrounded by champions.

“You never know what the future holds but we will see again after this season.”

Starting his career with Boca Juniors, Paredes caught the attention of Italian side Roma and was signed by the Giallorossi in 2014 after a brief stint at Chievo.

While in Rome Paredes scored four times in 37 Serie A appearances either side of a loan spell at Empoli. He then joined Zenit for a fee of £20m with around £3m in additional add-ons.

The midfielder will be hoping his form won’t go unnoticed by Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli, after having made a scoring debut for La Albiceleste against Singapore back in June 2017.

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