Georginio Wijnaldum has given a defiant response when when asked about a potential new Liverpool contract, after the Dutchman entered the final year of his existing deal – telling reporters to seek answers from the club instead.
Wijnaldum, 30, has been Jurgen Klopp’s most trusted midfield lieutenant in recent years, clocking up more appearances than any other midfielder during Liverpool’s title procession last season.
Despite his contract situation, Wijnaldum has proven just as influential for his team this term, starting in seven of Liverpool’s eight Premier League fixtures this season – his only substitute appearence was against Everton last month.
The Netherlands international was extensively linked with a summer move to Barcelona and his former national team head-coach Ronald Koeman.
Wijaldum – who currently earns £75,000-a-week according to Spotrac – and Liverpool are no closer to agreeing on a solution to speculation.
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As a result, the former Newcastle star can sign a pre-contract agreement in January with a non-English side if his contract situation remains unresolved. Asked about the prospect of a new deal, Wijnaldum gave a spiky response to reporters.
“I can’t say anything about it,” Wijnaldum told HetParool. “Just ask Liverpool. Don’t they answer? I cannot say anything about it, including whether or not there is talk of a new contract between me and Liverpool. Sorry.”
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Turning 30 today, Wijnaldum has now entered the twilight phase of his career and it is difficult to see how both parties reach a compromise. His next contract is potentially his last to earn a considerable amount for the next few seasons.
The difficulty for Liverpool is that the club currently has eight midfielders, including Wijnaldum, on their wage-bill while four of them (Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Thiago Alcantara and Wijnaldum) will all be 30 come the end of the season.
During a campaign that has so far been plagued by injury, Wijnaldum has proven himself one of Klopp’s most trusted and durable members which only increases his value and importance to Liverpool.
With that in mind, both parties could reach a compromise where potentially a one to two year extension is offered on slightly increased wages.
Liverpool cannot afford to let a player of Wijnaldum’s quality leave or become distracted during such an injury crisis. Reaching a compromise with the player needs to become a top-priority for the club sooner rather than later.
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