A close friend of former Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum has reportedly branded his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain “a mistake” and claimed he is worn out.
Wijnaldum had slotted into the PSG starting XI for the new campaign following his free transfer from the Reds in the summer. But he was dropped from their line-up for their latest league game last weekend. And his week hasn’t got any better since then.
He was reinstated into the team to face Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday. But Mauricio Pochettino hauled him off at half-time.
The 30-year-old’s performance was scrutinised by French paper L’Equipe, who rated his contribution in the 1-1 draw just 3/10.
In addition, they described it as ‘a real disappointment’. Furthermore, his time in Paris so far was said to be ‘mediocre at best’ .
Following on from this, the same publication have released an article today. It cites Wijnaldum’s struggles at his new home to date.
They have published quotes from an ‘unnamed close friend’ of the ex-Newcastle man who has questioned the French side’s move to hand him a contract.
Sport Witness report them as: “Signing him for three years was a mistake. He is 30-years-old but he started very young and he’s worn out, his best is behind him.”
The Netherlands international did begin his professional career aged just 16 in his home country and is Feyenoord’s youngest ever player.
Since 2008/09 he has played regular football, racking up in the region of 40+ appearances in all but one season.
His only long-term absence came in the 2013/14 campaign. Therefore, the claims do seem to hold some weight, but those views are said to be not shared by everyone.
There is however reported frustration at his less than ideal start which he will be looking to turn around. His position may now be lost for the time being, though.
Liverpool target makes intentions clear
Meanwhile, RB Salzburg forward Karim Adeyemi has insisted that he would sign for Bayern Munich if they made a transfer offer, amid links with Liverpool.
The 19-year-old has burst onto the European scene this season with a fantastic start to the campaign. As such, he’s been linked with a move to Anfield.
But speaking to Marca, the teenager revealed that he would move to his former club Bayern if they came back in for him.
“If [Bayern] made me an offer, I think I would choose that path,” he said. “I want to show them what I can do, who I am and that it was a mistake to let me go. That motivates me.”