Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has again insisted that he has “no news” over his future following a recent raft of more concrete exit reports.
Wijnaldum‘s situation has proved a pertinent subplot of Liverpool’s season; the 30-year-old began the campaign in the final year of his contract and speculation therefore arose over his plans. However, while several reports have attempted to shed light on his thinking, both the player and his manager Jurgen Klopp have refused to open up.
Klopp first faced questions about Wijnaldum in August, when he insisted that he would never change his stance against talking about players’ contractual situations in press conferences.
Back then, loose reports claimed that new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman wanted to sign his fellow Dutchman.
However, those reports have only intensified as the season has progressed. Two weeks ago, Football Insider claimed that Wijnaldum had 95 per cent agreed a pre-contract with Barca.
Last weekend, meanwhile, The Sunday Times claimed that he had officially agreed the deal.
Wijnaldum said at the start of March that there was “no news”. Asked again by NOS, he said: “They will always talk about these things but as I’ve said on other occasions, I have no news still.
“They say this in the media but I have no news. When there is I will talk about it, but there isn’t.
“I’m here now to talk about the games against Turkey, Latvia and Gibraltar.”
Despite his reluctance to provide updates, Wijnaldum has offered a hint about his desires from next season onwards.
Liverpool exit would ‘devastate’ Wijnaldum
Asked recently how hard it would be to leave, the Netherlands international said: “Really difficult because if that happens you will leave a team who you really love, a team who you shared a lot of years together, and where you feel really comfortable.
“That would be difficult… it always depends on the situation but that I would be devastated that I don’t play with this team anymore, that would be for sure.
“At the moment, there is no news as it is right now. I would lie if I come with news.
“The only thing that I can say is that I’m really happy at the club – I’m really happy with the team, the staff, and really happy with the fans for who I play.”
Wijnaldum is one of a reduced number of Liverpool’s stars taking part in the current international break.
While the Netherlands star is representing his country, the Reds’ Brazilian cohort have not travelled due to coronavirus regulations.
As such, many of Klopp’s players are enjoying their longest period without a game this season. They return to action on April 3, against Arsenal.