What Liverpool teammates thought of Gini Wijnaldum’s departure as the midfielder signed a new deal
Gini Wijnaldum has spoken out about how his Liverpool teammates reacted to his decision to depart this summer.
After failing to agree on new terms with the Reds, the midfielder will leave at the conclusion of his contract and is reportedly close to joining Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.
The 30-year-old, who is now preparing to captain the Netherlands at Euro 2020, has hinted that he will explain his Anfield departure after the tournament.
And, when asked about discussing his choice with his teammates, he said they all understood why he didn’t sign a new contract with Liverpool.
He told Voetbal International, “Now is not the time to talk about Liverpool and the reason I left.” “After the competition, I’ll do that someday.” Then everyone would understand why things went the way they did.
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“That’s the issue; people look at it from the outside and don’t get it.” Many supporters have questioned why I did not simply accept Liverpool’s offer to extend my contract.
“Of course, that’s not all. There’s a lot more to it than that. Things happen behind the scenes that you as a player have no control over.
“I’ll explain that after the competition, because Oranje is now the only team that matters.” What I do want to say is that the folks at the training facility, the club’s personnel, and my teammates all wanted to keep me.
“I did tell them more,” says the narrator. They fully comprehended my decision after that. That is quite important to me.”
Wijnaldum also admitted he is still emotional to be leaving Liverpool when recalling the reception he got after his final appearance against Crystal Palace.
“I had to hold back tears because I hadn’t expected it. Summary ends.