Arrived free from Liverpool, the neo-Parisian delivers his first words on the club’s website.
Georginio Wijnaldum arrives in Paris. Obviously, this is not fresh news, as the 30-year-old Dutch international officially joined the ranks of the capital club several weeks ago. After the elimination of Oranje at Euro 2020, he nevertheless benefited from a few days of rest, before disembarking this Thursday on the banks of the Seine. Wijnaldum confides his joy at joining the Rouge et Bleu via the club’s media, evoking a “strong feeling“To the idea of rallying”a big club“. “It’s a big day for me and for my family, because we are starting a new adventure“Swears the now ex-Liverpool player, who crossed paths with PSG in 2019. At the time, the Reds won 3-2 at Anfield, before the revenge of the players of Thomas Tuchel, winners 2- 1 in Paris. “I had been very impressed», He says of the Parc des Princes. “I remember supporters who never give up, who support their team for 90 minutes. The supporters had a big role in this matchHe adds.
Remember that “Gini” Wijnaldum went through Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven before discovering the Premier League. He first played for Newcastle (2015-16), then Liverpool (2016-21). “I was at the end of my contract, several clubs contacted me. When Paris came to meet me, everything went very well, and I quickly wanted to join Paris Saint-Germain. Mauricio Pochettino had already approached me at the time, to sign me for Tottenham, so I had already talked a lot with him. The whole club made me feel they really wanted me, it played a big part in my decision“, He explains, he who arrives with the”mentality of always wanting to do better“And the will of”integrate as quickly as possible into the workforce“.
“Playing for the attack is a philosophy that suits me”
A workforce that could still see another medium land (Pogba, Camavinga …), but which is already well stocked in this sector, with Wijnaldum therefore, but also Marco Verratti, Gana Gueye, Leo Paredes, Danilo Pereira, Ander Herrera or even Rafinha . Some of them could leave the ship. In any case, the neo-Parisian expects to play the offensive card on a collective level. “In Liverpool we were playing very attacking football, which is the best part. Playing for the attack is a philosophy that suits me, and Paris Saint-Germain is a team that plays this football, this football that I love and that suits me.», He proclaims. And to add: “Winning titles is very important, that’s what we all want to accomplish as a footballer. And Paris wants to win, it is a club that has progressed a lot over the years, which has played in a Champions League final, which also reached the last four last season. I think the project is beautiful, and we are building a team to fulfill these goals.It will be a big part of it.
Georginio Wijnaldum ready for a new challenge at Paris Saint-Germain