In an interview with RMC Sport this Thursday, Georginio Wijnaldum returned to his arrival at PSG, while he was insisted on the side of FC Barcelona.
PSG has already been very active at the start of the transfer window with several arrivals of free players, including Georginio Wijnaldum. The Dutch midfielder arrives in Ligue 1 from Liverpool, with several titles to his list including the Champions League 2019 and the Premier League 2020.
Courted by FC Barcelona in recent weeks, Georginio Wijnaldum has finally chosen to engage with PSG. “It’s funny because I must admit that it was a very difficult choice. I have supported Barça since I was young, I am a fan of this club. We were in negotiations with them and I had a good feeling but I PSG were also negotiating with other clubs. PSG even arrived before Barça, explained the 30-year-old Dutch midfielder in an interview with RMC Sport on Thursday. We had just talked but it was not really negotiations. they came back after Barça’s interest. I spoke to Leonardo, then to Pochettino whom I had known from his time at Tottenham, where I had spoken to him once because he wanted to recruit me. At the time, I had already a good feeling at the idea of working with him. He explained to me the project of the PSG, the fact that they want to win more titles in France but also in Europe. He told me what kind of club c ‘was. I thought it was a good project and I told them that I was open to listen to them. From there, the negotiations took place. It didn’t go very well and they did everything, really everything, to get me signed. “
“The financial difference between the two was not that big”
With PSG, Georginio Wijnaldum signed a contract until June 2024. If the Catalan press had underlined the willingness of Barça leaders to meet the demands of Ronald Koeman by offering him his compatriot, it is ultimately in Ligue 1 that the Dutch will evolve. Much to the chagrin of the Catalan fans, who already expected to see Georginio Wijnaldum in their jersey and who accused him of choosing a better financial offer. “They were faster in the negotiations and I had a good feeling about signing for PSG. It was not a question of making more money here because the difference was not that huge, certified the newcomer. I deny that I chose PSG for the money. From what I have seen in recent years, every time PSG comes to recruit a player, the media say it is because of the money . PSG have to deal with this stuff. I know the truth thanks to my agent and my clan and I can confirm that the financial difference between the two was not that big. I had a good feeling with both teams and PSG were faster than Barça so I chose this club. “
Georginio Wijnaldum arrived in Liverpool in July 2016 and did not take long to establish himself as a starter with Jürgen Klopp. “I had already heard good things about this club. I played with Thiago Alcantara and his brother Rafinha plays for PSG so he explained to me how his brother had adapted when he arrived. He told me that it was a club where people were close, like a family, stressed Wijnaldum. It was something important for me because I leave a club which was like family. In Liverpool, every time you go to play or training was like going back to your family. It was a very important point for me before choosing PSG. “