Georginio Wijnaldum: Paris Saint-Germain midfielder signs free transfer from Liverpool

Georginio Wijnaldum: Paris Saint-Germain midfielder signs free transfer from Liverpool

Georginio Wijnaldum joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer from Liverpool, signing a three-year contract with the Ligue 1 club.

Wijnaldum left Liverpool at the end of the season after choosing not to sign a contract extension at Anfield, and will now play under Mauricio Pochettino in France.

Barcelona and Bayern Munich had both tried to sign the midfielder, who will captain the Netherlands at this summer’s Euro.

“Joining Paris Saint-Germain is a new challenge for me,” said Wijnaldum. “I am joining one of the best teams in Europe and I am determined to bring my desire and my determination to this ambitious project.

“Paris Saint-Germain have proven themselves in recent years, and I am sure that together, for our supporters, we can go even further and higher. “

Wijnaldum, who has made 237 appearances for Liverpool since arriving from Newcastle in July 2016, won the Champions League and Premier League during his five-year stay at Anfield.


Wijnaldum received a guard of honor and a special presentation in his last game against Liverpool in May

The 30-year-old received a guard of honor in his last game against Liverpool last month – the 2-0 home win over Crystal Palace – which secured Jurgen Klopp’s side a Champions League spot next season.

A Wijnaldum emotion to this Air sports after the game: “I’m fighting my tears right now.

“I said that the people of Liverpool and the club, my teammates, have shown me love over the five years, and I will miss them.


Wijnaldum says he had hoped to play ‘several years for the club’ and would like to explain the story of his departure at a later date

“I was hoping to play for many more years for the club, but unfortunately things turned out differently. “

When confirming his exit, Liverpool said: “Winner of the Premier League. Winner of the Champions League. FIFA Club World Cup winner. UEFA Super Cup winner. Legend of Liverpool.

“We thank Gini for all of his contributions to the club over the past five years and wish him well for the rest of his career. “

What should Liverpool do this summer?

Wijnaldum’s departure means Liverpool must determine whether they need to enter the transfer market to replace the midfielder.

When analyzing their transfer options this summer, Air sports expert and former Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher said the central midfielder is an area where he expects the club to grow stronger.

“Liverpool will definitely improve, there’s no doubt about it. As soon as you bring in three center-backs who are already at the club, it will improve them massively, ”Carragher said.

“But we keep talking about central defenders, Graeme [Souness] mentioned Van Dijk, the biggest problem for me is at the other end of the pitch. Liverpool did not suffer any injuries there.


Andy Robertson can’t wait to see Georginio Wijnaldum when Scotland takes on the Netherlands

“Most often, it is the first three with Diogo Jota who arrive. He is the only one of the first three to be injured among the forwards.

“This is the biggest worry because I’m sure the defensive weaknesses we’ve seen at times this season will be rectified by the return of the players and the signing by Liverpool of a player this summer in this position.

“The big concern is that there is a changing of the guard. Not so much this ending team but just that it needs to be refreshed.

“I think in the center of the squad – the center-back, the center midfielder and certainly someone at the top to get right into the starting lineup and break those top three.

“They’ve been amazing for four or five years, but as we’ve pointed out on shows before, we very rarely see the top three stick together for as long as they are. They have been incredible for Liverpool but the lack of goals is the biggest worry for me. “


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