Georginio Wijnaldum has suggested a return to one of his former Dutch clubs is on the cards when he calls time on his Liverpool career.
The 29-year-old, who signed from Newcastle United in 2016 for £25million, has been a resounding success at Anfield and is one of Jurgen Klopp’s favoured midfield generals.
The Dutch midfielder has 18 months remaining on the five-year deal he signed when he arrived from Tyneside, and while other players including James Milner, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane have signed new deals, Wijnaldum has yet to resolve his long-term future.
He is one of only a few players, including Adam Lallana, Adrian, Nathaniel Clyne, Andy Lonergan and Dejan Lovren whose current deals expire in 2021.
It’s understood there are no new terms on the table for the former Newcastle man, who was a £25million buy in in July 2016 and when asked what he would like, his answer was far from conclusive.
“I’m just focusing on bringing this season to a good end and that’s the only thing I’m thinking of,” he told Sky Sports.
“What would I like? It is difficult to say. It depends on what the club wants and how the situation is at that time. We will see.”
It’s understood that the club have not yet offered Wijnaldum a new deal, but Daily Mirror journalist David Maddock recently told The Redmen TV that he expects the club to offer him a new contract.
However, speaking to RTV Rijnmond (via Sport Witness) the Dutch star has opened the door to return to one of his three previous Dutch clubs.
“I see myself returning to Feyenoord, PSV or Sparta. I sometimes look at Sparta and then I think, ‘Well, it would be nice if I played there in my final years’,” he said.
“In the Netherlands I have played at three clubs and I have had a very good feeling about all three, but you can only choose one.
“I also learn from other players. Van Nistelrooy once made the promise to return, but at a later age he did not want that anymore.
“What I am experiencing now is unique. You want to play at the highest level and win prizes, like Clarence Seedorf. My dream is to stay fit as long as I can, just like him, Zlatan or Ronaldo. I want to play at a high level until I am 38.”
Wijnaldum signed for Feyenoord for their academy after leaving Sparta Rotterdam in 2004. He then joined PSV Eindhoven in 2011 and went on to make over 150 appearances for the Eredivisie club.