Georginio Wijnaldum left Liverpool after five years at the club to join French giants Paris Saint Germain but has struggled to get playtime.
Wijnaldum has made 11 appearances for PSG so far this season with five of those coming from the bench. In an interview, the Netherlands midfielder admitted he isn’t completely happy in the French capital and is worried about the lack of playing time.
The Dutch manager, Luis Van Gaal expressed his concerns about the player having a lack of playing time which could bring his confidence down as they prepare for Qatar 2022. He departed Anfield on a free transfer after the Reds couldn’t meet his demands over a new contract.
Gini played a vital role in Liverpool’s Champions League glory in 2019 and the Premier League success in 2020. At the Euros, he captained his country where they got to the last 16.
The Dutchman formed part of the high profile players including Lionel Messi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos and Achraf Hakimi that were brought in at PSG during the summer transfer.
He has only registered 92 minutes of football in Ligue 1 since September 11 when he was benched against Clermont Foot. And he couldn’t hide but show his frustration with PSG and Pochettino ahead of the Netherlands’ World Cup Qualifier against Gibraltar last Monday as reported by Dutch News outlet, NOS.
“I can’t say I’m completely happy, because the situation is not what I wanted. But 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. 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.” Wijnaldum lamented
In the central midfield, Pochettino prefers Idrissa Gana Gueye and Ander Herrera to Wijnaldum and the Dutch player expressed his concerns
“Of course I’m worried. I already talked to him about that when I arrived. But the alarm bells are not going off yet.” Gini added
In his five years spell at Anfield, He scored 22 in 237 matches playing a key role in their success under Jurgen Klopp as well as the Reds’ Champions League and Premier League triumphs in 2019 and 2020.
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