Georginio Wijnaldum: ex-Liverpool player is not happy at PSG

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Former Liverpool midfielder, Georginio Wijnaldum is “not completely happy” at Paris Saint Germain because he is not playing regularly.

He said he expected his move to PSG last summer to be a new step for his football career but it has not gone as expected so far this season.

Georginio Wijnaldum was a prominent figure at Liverpool football club. He joined the Premier League side on July 22, 2016, from Newcastle United for a transfer fee worth €27.50 million.

He played 237 times for the Premier League side in which he scored 22 goals and provided 16 assists in all competitions. The 30-year-old Dutch midfielder was part of the Liverpool squad that won the 2019 UEFA Champions League, the 2019-2020 Premier League title, and many other titles.

On the verge of the expiration of his contract at Liverpool, the Premier League side tried to renew his stay at the club but Georginio Wijnaldum and Liverpool failed to agree on a deal.

Hence, when his contract with the Merseyside-based club expired on June 30, 2021, he had to leave the club for free.

At that point, FC Barcelona was on the point of signing the Netherlands midfielder but he decided to join PSG who offered him a more lucrative deal.

After he switched allegiance to PSG, Georginio Wijnaldum said he decided to snub Barcelona in favor of PSG because the Spanish club was not clear with what the club wanted.

Since he joined PSG, the Dutch football star has managed to make 11 appearances in all competitions. In the 11 games, he made just 5 starts. He is yet to score nor provide an assist so far this season.

Despite Georginio Wijnaldum’s experience, PSG coach, Mauricio Pochettino prefers to use Idrissa Gueye and Ander Herrera in the midfield instead of the Dutch midfielder.

Georginio Wijnaldum: ex-Liverpool player is not happy at PSG
Georginio Wijnaldum at PSG.

Ahead of the Netherlands’ FIFA World Cup qualification match against Gibraltar on Monday which ended 6-0 in favor of the Netherlands, Wijnaldum said his current situation at PSG was not what he wanted.

“I can’t say I’m completely happy, because the situation is not what I wanted”, He told Dutch news outlet NOS.

“But that’s football and I’ll have to learn to deal with that. I’m a fighter. I have to stay positive and work hard to turn it around.

“I have played a lot in recent years, was always fit, and also did very well. This is something different and that takes getting used to.

“I was really looking forward to the new step and then this happens. It is very difficult.”

Also, his national team coach, Louis van Gaal, has admitted that he is worried over Wijnaldum’s inability to play regularly at PSG. He however added that it has not gotten so bad yet.

“Of course I’m worried”, the coach said. “I already talked to him about that when I arrived. But the alarm bells are not going off yet.”

Georginio Wijnaldum’s contract with PSG will expire on June 30, 2024, and it is not looking likely that he would leave the French club anytime soon.