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Gini Wijnaldum explains decision to reject Barcelona for PSG: ‘We negotiated for 4 weeks…’

Gini Wijnaldum explains decision to reject Barcelona for PSG: ‘We negotiated for 4 weeks…’

 

Georginio Wijnaldum has this weekend provided an insight into his decision to join Paris Saint-German, rather than Barcelona.

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Speculation surrounding the future of midfielder Wijnaldum of course took centre stage in the European media over recent months.

This came with the former Newcastle man having snubbed the efforts of those at Anfield to tie him down to fresh terms, ahead of the expiration of his contract this summer.

In turn, for some time, La Liga giants Barcelona were widely viewed as the runaway favourites to clinch Wijnaldum’s signature.

The Blaugrana are of course managed by Ronald Koeman, who spent time overseeing the now ex-Liverpool star’s development during a stint in charge of the Netherlands.

Some outlets even went as far as to suggest that a pre-contract agreement had already been found between the parties.

Gini Wijnaldum explains decision to reject Barcelona for PSG: ‘We negotiated for 4 weeks…’

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 19: Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool controls the ball in front of Luke Shaw of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on January 19, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

‘A difficult choice’

It therefore came as something of a surprise when, over the last couple of weeks, reports in the media began to mount that Wijnaldum was in fact leaning away from the Camp Nou, and towards another of European football’s heavyweights.

The outfit in question? Paris Saint-Germain.

Amid widespread claims that the French giants had tabled a considerably more lucrative financial offer than their Spanish counterparts, Wijnaldum was tipped to snub Catalunya in favour of Paris.

And, on Thursday, this is precisely what the 30-year-old went on to do:

In turn, speaking during a press conference this afternoon, it came as little surprise when Wijnaldum was drawn on his eventual decision regarding his future.

And the Dutchman went on to cite the eagerness of PSG to reach an agreement, as well as the project laid out by the Parisians, as key, after negotiations with Barcelona dragged on for a full month:

‘It was a difficult choice. We negotiated with Barcelona for four weeks, but we did not reach an agreement.’

‘PSG were just quicker and their project spoke to me more. To be honest, I thought I was joining Barcelona because at the beginning they were the only interested club.’

‘PSG and Barcelona are both truly great clubs, and both are clubs where I would have liked to play. I wanted to make my decision before the start of the Euros and in the end I chose PSG.’

 

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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