Wijnaldum: Why I snubbed Barcelona to sign for PSG
Georginio Wijnaldum has explained when he chose to reject Barcelona and sign instead for Paris Saint-Germain.
Wijnaldum, who officially remains a Liverpool player until June 30, has signed for PSG under the freedom of contract rules, with the deal announced earlier this week.
However, the Netherlands international midfield admits that he had spent a month talking to Barcelona before eventually favouring the Ligue 1 side.
Why did Wijnaldum reject Barcelona to sign for PSG?
“Just before the end of the season, Barcelona became very concrete. I thought I would go,” he admitted prior the Netherlands’ opening Euro 2020 match with Ukraine on Sunday. “I know I’ll win more at PSG, but this choice is not only a question of money.
“I negotiated with Barcelona for four weeks but unfortunately we didn’t come to an agreement. PSG were faster and more decisive.
“It was a difficult choice. I have to say that I thought I would go to Barcelona – and at that time Barcelona were the only club that were really interested. But we didn’t come to an agreement and with PSG we did.
“I made a different choice, which was very difficult.”
Wijnaldum, meanwhile, is delighted that he managed to finalise a deal before his European Championship campaign started.
“We’re talking about two very big clubs, but I’m happy to have arranged this before the start of the Euros. For such a tournament, you have to be focused on what you have to do,” he said.
Wijnaldum has signed a three-year deal with PSG, where he is reputed to be on around €8-10 million per season, having been with Liverpool since 2016.