Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has confirmed he wants to stay at Anfield and is hopeful a contract extension can be resolved following positive talks with manager Jurgen Klopp according to Sky Sports.
Wijnaldum, 29, met with the German boss on Wednesday to begin discussions over the Netherland international’s future amid reported interest from Barcelona.
The former Newcastle United star has just one year remaining on his current Liverpool deal and talks regarding an extension have yet to take place.
Melissa Reddy of the Independent recently claimed that contractual issues between both parties are largely due to differences over core elements like the length of a new deal.
However, Sky Sports claim that Wijnaldum does indeed want to remain at Anfield and is hopeful that negotiations can begin as a result of the positive conversation with his manager, who is also desperate for Wijnaldum to stay.
Wijnaldum joined Liverpool in 2016 following a £25 million move from Newcastle. He has clocked up 187 appearances in that time and has scored 19 times.
The Dutchman was used more than any midfielder under Klopp last year with Wijnaldum an integral figure to a Liverpool side that won a first league title in 30 years.
Wijnaldum is expected to start on Saturday against Leeds United at Anfield as Liverpool’s defence of their Premier League title is finally set to get underway.
What RTK has to say
This is excellent news and comes at a timely moment for Klopp just days ahead of the season opener.
The fact Wijnaldum wants to stay indicates that Liverpool’s focus can return to the team’s title defence and hopefully Wijnaldum’s performances in the coming weeks will be enough indication to the club that a new deal should become a priority.
Liverpool haven’t had a transfer saga like this since the departure of Philippe Coutinho who also was the subject of interest at the time from Barcelona.
The key difference with Wijnaldum is that the player has been vocal in his desire to stay at Anfield rather than pursue a move to the Camp Nou.
If these reports are indeed true then Wijnaldum has done all he can from his part and it remains up to Liverpool whether or not securing the player’s future remains in the club’s short-term interests.
For now, however, it is an encouraging development as it means Wijnaldum can once again do his talking on the pitch as opposed to in front of a camera consistently questioned about his future.
This all sounds positive, and we want to hear good news. This could be a very big week ahead.
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