Wijnaldum: Liverpool didn't 'give me feeling of wanting to keep me'

Georginio Wijnaldum claims Liverpool did not ‘give me feeling of wanting to keep me’ after he allowed contract to expire before joining PSG this summer

  • Georginio Wijnaldum joined PSG on a free transfer after leaving Liverpool 
  • The Dutchman did not extend his contract after negotiations broke down 
  • Wijnaldum has again spoken about his departure, insisting he wanted to stay 
  • The midfielder also spoke about choosing the French side over Barcelona  

Georginio Wijnaldum has again spoken about his departure from Liverpool and not ‘feeling wanted’ by the six-time European champions. 

The Dutchman enjoyed five years of success at Anfield, playing major roles in the Reds’ 2019 Champions League triumph and 2020 Premier League win. 

However, after negotiations broke down, he joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer this summer and the 30-year-old has once more explained why he made the choice to move on. 

PSG midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has again spoken about his departure from Liverpool

The 30-year-old did not extend his contract at Jurgen Klopp’s side after five years at Anfield 

‘You follow your feeling,’ the 30-year-old told L’Equipe

‘Several months ago, I had expressed the desire to stay in Liverpool but, without going into details, Liverpool did not give me the feeling of wanting to keep me. In these cases, we have to move forward.’

Wijnaldum was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, and a reunion with former Holland boss Ronald Koeman, but in the end he opted to move to Paris. 

‘Barcelona came. I was really happy because, since I was a child, as for the majority of Dutch players, it was the club of my dreams even if I must admit that my idol was Zinedine Zidane,’ he explained. 

‘I had a good idea to commit to Barca. But the negotiations lasted a very long time and Paris came in. 

‘Unlike six years earlier, the club showed me their desire to recruit me. It was time for me to have something else.’

The 30-year-old, who has made five appearances for Mauricio Pochettno’s side so far this season, is set to play a part as PSG open their Champions League campaign against Club Brugge on Wednesday night.   

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