Georginio Wijnaldum returned to his choice to sign for Paris Saint-Germain rather than FC Barcelona. And when it comes to money, the Dutchman is pretty clear.
Georginio wijnaldum arrived this week with his usual smile. But the former Liverpool player also knows how to distribute tackles, and not just on the pitch. In an interview with RMC, he clarified the terms of his signing to the PSG.
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At first, “Gini” explained why he had opted for Paris, instead of Barcelona. “It’s funny because I have to 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 was also negotiating with other clubs. PSG even arrived before Barça, said Wijnaldum. We had just talked but it wasn’t really negotiations. But they returned after Barça’s interest. I spoke to Leonardo and 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 already had a good feeling about working with him. He explained to me the PSG project, the fact that they want to win more titles in France but also in Europe. He told me what kind of club it was. I told myself it was a good project and told them that I was open to listen to them. From there, the negotiations went very well and they did everything, really everything, to get me to sign. “
Proud! It’s a very special day for me and my family. Really looking forward to this new journey with this great club 🔴🔵
– Gini Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) July 22, 2021
It was then that Wijnaldum raised the question of money. Shortly before his signing, the Catalan press assured that PSG had made a proposal twice that of Barça. The Dutchman, who will receive around 10 million euros in Paris, wants to rectify certain things. “I deny having chosen PSG for the money, he assures. From what I’ve seen in recent years, every time PSG come in to sign a player, the media say it’s because of the money. PSG have to deal with this sort of thing. I know the truth from my agent and my clan and can confirm that the financial difference between the two was not that great. I had a good feeling with both teams and PSG were faster than Barça so I chose this club. ” PSG were just quicker to take out the checkbook …
Our new midfielder @GWijnaldum will wear the number 1⃣8⃣ this season!
– Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) July 22, 2021