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PARIS, France -- Argentina midfielder Marcelo Gallardo has joined Paris St Germain from River Plate, the Ligue 1 club said on Monday.
The 30-year-old Gallardo, who knows the French league well having played for Monaco from 1999 to 2003, signed for two-and-a-half years for an undisclosed fee.
PSG hope Gallardo's skills can help them bounce back from a disastrous first half of the season.
The capital club lie 16th in the 20-strong table and their season has been tainted by hooliganism.
A PSG fan was shot dead by a policeman in November after an outburst of violence following a UEFA Cup tie against Israeli team Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Gallardo played in the French League with Monaco from 1999-2003.