Paris Saint-Germain star Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed the explanation behind his departure from Liverpool this summer time, admitting that he didn’t really feel “wanted” on Merseyside.
The 30-year-old left the Reds after his contract expired at the tip of the 2020/21 marketing campaign, and after not agreeing on a brand new contract, he accomplished a free switch to PSG.
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But Wijnaldum has admitted that from the beginning he had no need to go away Liverpool through the summer time, however the Reds’ lack of curiosity in agreeing on a brand new contract pressured him to look elsewhere.
“You follow your feelings,” Winaldum defined to L’Equipe. “Several months ago I had expressed the desire to stay in Liverpool but without going into details Liverpool did not give me a feeling of wanting to keep me.
“In these circumstances, we should transfer on.”
Wijnaldum had five successful years at Merseyside, playing a key role in the club’s Champions League successes in 2019 and the subsequent Premier League title in 2020.
He was a popular member of the squad, although he sometimes came in for harsh criticism from supporters – something that the Dutchman has raised since he signed for PSG. The former Newcastle United star hit back at the beatings he received online, stating that he did not feel “cherished and appreciated” in spite of everything he had given Liverpool.
Wijnaldum’s failed talks over a contract extension led to him finding a new club during the summer, and he seemed to be planning to join Barcelona on a free transfer. However, PSG came in at the last second, and they offered him more than twice as much as his proposed salary at Camp Nou.
It was sufficient to persuade the Dutch worldwide to maneuver to Paris, the place he has been adopted by Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi and Lionel Messi.