The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder was a cult hero at Liverpool but reluctantly opted to swap Anfield for the Parc des Princes as both parties failed to reach an agreement over a new contract
Georginio Wijnaldum has hinted he regrets his decision to join Paris Saint-Germain as he struggles to settle in the capital of France.
The midfielder was a cult hero at Liverpool but reluctantly opted to swap Anfield for the Parc des Princes as both parties failed to reach an agreement over a new contract.
Wijnaldum felt he deserved to be one of the highest earners at the club, but the Reds were not willing to meet his wage demands.
The Dutch playmaker didn’t want to leave Liverpool after five brilliant years on Merseyside, but PSG were able to offer him a higher salary.
And he has revealed it’s a decision that hasn’t quite worked out so far.
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He told NOS : “I can’t say I’m completely happy because the situation is not what I wanted.
“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.”
Wijnaldum was well within his right to find a team who were willing to pay him more. Given his age, this will be his last big contract, as he penned a three-year deal at PSG.
But it’s that timeless debate whether money is always the best motive behind a decision.
He had found a home at Liverpool so it was always a risk it wasn’t going to be a seamless transition to a new club, especially given PSG’s depth in midfield.
Philippe Coutinho is a prime example of a player’s career that’s gone backwards since leaving Liverpool after moving to a seemingly bigger club as he joined Barcelona in 2018.
It is too early to tell whether the Netherlands captain’s switch to Paris is a mistake, but it goes to show the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
And Jurgen Klopp’s comments on Coutinho’s exit certainly speaks volumes as Wijnaldum struggles early on with PSG after the Liverpool boss insisted you can be “something more” at Anfield.
He said: “Stay here and they will end up building a statue in your honour. Go somewhere else, to Barcelona, to Bayern Munich, to Real Madrid, and you will be just another player. Here you can be something more.”
It remains to be seen if a return to Liverpool is on the cards for Wijnaldum, but Klopp admits his presence on and off the field is still sorely missed.
Klopp said last month: “Even when we prepare for an opponent like Chelsea, we look at our games against Chelsea and see Gini running around there.
“We still have to get used to that. It is not only on the pitch we miss him but we really, really miss him in the dressing room as well.”
Wijnaldum insists he would love to return to Liverpool one day as a supporter.
He said: “If it’s possible, I would love to come back,” he said before his final game for the club. “The feeling I have, the feeling my family has with this club, is only good things.
“I hope that it would be possible that I come back to watch a game and support Liverpool because I will be a Liverpool supporter for life.”