Gini Wijnaldum is ‘desperate’ to stay at Liverpool, according to one journalist. The Dutchman is out of contract this month.
This comes from the Liverpool Echo’s Paul Gorst. In a Q&A for their website, he said Gini Wijnaldum is ‘desperate’ to stay at Liverpool.
“Letting Wijnaldum go is a baffling decision for me,” said Gorst. “He’s desperate to stay. Or at least was.”
Gorst admits that might have changed but we can pretty comfortably say it hasn’t. Wijnaldum spoke about wanting to play at Liverpool for many years after his final game last month.
“I’m fighting against my tears right now,” he told Sky Sports. “I’ve said that the people in Liverpool and the club, my teammates, have shown me love during the five years, and I will miss them.
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“I hoped to play many more years for the club but unfortunately things went different, I think everyone knows in football that anything can happen but the situation right now is that on July 1st I’m not a Liverpool player anymore.”
Wijnaldum wants to stay with Liverpool
So why is Wijnaldum leaving Liverpool? We tried to detail everything in this article here – but it’s a fairly complex situation.
Wijnaldum wants to stay, Liverpool want to keep him but there’s no agreement. The Mirror say it’s because the Reds won’t pay big money to a player over 30.
Wijnaldum turned 30 in November, seemingly ruling him out of a lucrative contract. It does seem a little bizarre but Liverpool won’t budge.
The Dutchman won’t either and to be fair to him, it seems he’ll get his way. ESPN now claim that Paris Saint-Germain want him and have a very lucrative offer on the table.
So while Wijnaldum wants to stay with Liverpool, he wants to be paid what he thinks he’s worth. PSG appear happy to back him up on that.
It’s safe to say we’ll revisit this one down the line to see if the Reds got it right.