‘Not what I wanted’ – Wijnaldum reveals big Liverpool change hurting him at PSG

Georginio Wijnaldum, Beni Makouana PSG v Montpellier, September 2021

Georginio Wijnaldum has admitted that he is struggling to adapt at Paris Saint-Germain following his summer transfer from Liverpool.

The 30-year-old wanted to stay at Anfield, but he failed to agree terms over a new contract. As such, he left as a free agent and PSG snapped him up. Indeed, Wijnaldum became one of four eye-catching free transfers for the French giants.

The Netherlands international revealed that he had offers from the likes of Inter and Barcelona.

However, PSG’s project – which centres around winning the Champions League – appealed more to him.

But while he shared the same ambition as PSG, he has yet to nail down a role in the team – as he did under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

Wijnadum has played in eight of nine Ligue 1 games, but he has only completed two 90-minute stints. Indeed, he played only four minutes against Lyon in September.

In the Champions League, meanwhile, he has featured for just under an hour across two matches.

“I can’t say I’m completely happy,” Wijnaldum told Goal at a Netherlands press conference about life in Paris.

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“The situation is not what I wanted. I have played a lot in recent years, was always fit and also did very well.

“This is something different and that takes getting used to. I was really looking forward to the new step and then this happens. It is very difficult.

“That’s football and I’ll have to learn to deal with that. I’m a fighter. I have to stay positive and work hard to turn it around.”

Wijnaldum faces PSG game time battle

PSG midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum holding up four fingers 2021

Wijnaldum was one of the first names on Liverpool boss Klopp’s team sheet, but PSG counterpart Mauricio Pochettino has opted to swap him with a range of other options.

Fellow summer midfield signing Danilo Pereira has featured, while Ander Herrera, Idrissa Gueye and Leandro Paredes have also enjoyed game time.

That is without mentioning Italy’s Euro 2020 star Marco Verratti, who has had injury problems this term.

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal has also voiced concern about Wijnaldum’s game time.

PSG are next in action when they face Angers in Ligue 1 on Friday.

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