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Paris Saint-Germain signs Leandro Paredes from Zenit

January 29, 2019
FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2018, file photo, PSG's coach Thomas Tuchel watches ahead of a French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Amiens at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. Tuchel needs Adrien Rabiot back in the side because an injury to Marco Verratti left Paris Saint-Germain seriously short of options in midfield. Verratti's injury is a major headache for Tuchel, who even before the injury made it very clear that he desperately needs another central midfielder to bolster his squad. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2018, file photo, PSG's coach Thomas Tuchel watches ahead of a French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Amiens at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. Tuchel needs Adrien Rabiot back in the side because an injury to Marco Verratti left Paris Saint-Germain seriously short of options in midfield. Verratti's injury is a major headache for Tuchel, who even before the injury made it very clear that he desperately needs another central midfielder to bolster his squad. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain has signed Argentina midfielder Leandro Paredes from Zenit St. Petersburg, and can use him in the Champions League.

PSG says Paredes signed a 4½-year contract . The transfer fee was not disclosed.

Champions League clubs can register three January signings, so Paredes is eligible to play against Manchester United in the last 16 on Feb. 12 and March 6.

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel can use Paredes in a midfield currently without the injured Marco Verratti. Neymar is also nursing a foot injury ahead of the first leg in Manchester.

Paredes has played nine times for Argentina but was not selected for the 2018 World Cup squad.

The 24-year-old player started his career with Boca Juniors and also played for Roma before spending 18 months in Russia.

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