PSG Sign Dutch Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum From Liverpool 

In this file photo taken on May 23, 2021 ex-Liverpool’s Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum leaves the pitch after being substituted off during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England. Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP

 

Paris Saint-Germain have completed the signing of Dutch international midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool on a three-year deal, the French club announced on Thursday.

Wijnaldum, 30, is a free agent with his contract at Anfield expiring at the end of this month, meaning there will be no transfer fee involved.

Barcelona had been keen to sign the former Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven and Newcastle United player, and are understood to have been close to completing a deal before PSG persuaded him to move to the Parc des Princes instead.

“Signing for Paris Saint-Germain is a new challenge for me,” Wijnaldum, who is currently with the Netherlands squad preparing for Euro 2020, said in a statement published on PSG’s website.

“I’m joining one of the best squads in Europe and I want to bring all my desire and commitment to this ambitious project.”

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Netherlands’ midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum (L) controls the ball during the friendly football match between Netherlands and Georgia at De Grolsch Veste Stadium in Enschede on June 6, 2021, ahead of the Euro2020/2021 tournament. François WALSCHAERTS / AFP

 

Wijnaldum has spent the last five seasons at Liverpool and was a key player in the side that won the Champions League in 2019 as well as the Premier League title last year.

He is the first signing made by PSG since they missed out on the Ligue 1 title last month to Lille.

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I Will Be Devastated To Leave Liverpool, Says Wijnaldum

 

Georginio Wijnaldum said he would be “devastated” if he had to leave Liverpool after entering the final few months of his contract with no new deal firmed up.

The Dutch international has long been linked with Barcelona and a reunion with his former national team boss Ronald Koeman.

Wijnaldum, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s second leg of Liverpool’s last-16 Champions League tie against RB Leipzig, was unable to give a firm answer over his future.

“The most important thing is to get back on track and winning games again and then we will see,” said the midfielder, who has won the Champions League and Premier League under Jurgen Klopp.

“I am really happy here and my family is happy here but there is no news. But I would be devastated (if) I didn’t play with this team any more, that’s for sure.”

The 30-year-old, who has made 224 appearances for Liverpool in five years, is having to consider walking away from the club where he has tasted so much success.

“Really difficult,” he said. “If that happens, you would be leaving a team that you really love. A team that you shared a lot of years together, a team where you feel really comfortable.

“But on the other side, you would know the situation why you have to leave. It always depends on the situation.”

Liverpool, struggling badly in the Premier League, are 2-0 up against Leipzig after the first leg of their tie.

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Liverpool’s Improvement Is Clear To See, Says Wijnaldum

Liverpool Beat Belgrade 4 - 0 In Champions League Clash
Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (2nd R) celebrates with Senegalese striker Sadio Mane (2nd L) and Brazilian midfielder Fabinho (L) after scoring their third goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League group C football match against Red Star Belgrade at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England on October 24, 2018. Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

Liverpool’s transformation this season into Premier League title contenders reflects how much they have improved, says midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

The 28-year-old Dutch international, who scored a superb goal in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Bournemouth despite suffering from a stomach upset, admitted two successive draws had been a setback as the club chases a first league title since 1990.

But he added that garnering 65 points at this stage of the season exceeded their expectations when the campaign got underway.

“We had two draws in a row and that didn’t feel that good,” said Wijnaldum.

“But if we had been told that at the beginning (of the season) you will have this kind of points (65) everyone would have taken it.

“It could be better but we must appreciate where we stand.

“You can see the improvement. You could see at the beginning of the season we improved. We just have to keep it going.”

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is taking the squad to the Spanish resort of Marbella for a warm-weather training break this week.

He can afford to do that as Liverpool are not involved in next weekend’s FA Cup, meaning they return to action in the Champions League at home to Bayern Munich on February 19.

Wijnaldum, who cost Liverpool a reported £22 million ($28 million) when he signed from Newcastle in 2016, is optimistic they can cope with competing on two fronts.

“We have to see how it is going to work. I think we can play both,” he said.

“You never know but a lot of times it goes well. Last season the Champions League went well and we dropped a lot of points in the league.

“But I don’t think it was because of the Champions League.”

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Lukaku Voted Premier League Player Of The Month

Lukaku Voted Premier League Player Of The Month
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Romelu Lukaku’s four goals in March have earned the Everton striker the Premier League Player of the Month award.

Lukaku received the accolade after moving to the top of the scoring chart, taking his tally to 21 strikes for the season with three deadly performances.

He finished March with two goals in a 4-0 triumph over Hull City, making him the first Everton player in history to reach 20 goals in a single Premier League season.

The 23-year-old Belgian claimed the prize ahead of Artur Boruc and Joshua King of Bournemouth, Nathan Redmond of Southampton, Crystal Palace’s Mamadou Sakho and Liverpool midfielder, Georginio Wijnaldum.

Arsenal Crash At Home To Watford, As Chelsea Draw At Anfield

Arsenal Crash At Home To Watford, As Chelsea Draw At AnfieldArsenal suffered a shock loss 2-1 loss to Watford at the Emirates in the English Premier League on Tuesday night.

It was Watford’s first Premier League away win at Arsenal as two goals in the first 13 minutes set up the 2-1 victory.

Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Younes Kaboul opened the scoring with a powerful drive aided by a deflection off Aaron Ramsey, who limped off with an injury.

Watford’s second came three minutes later as Troy Deeney slotted in after Petr Cech parried Etienne Capoue’s shot into his path.

But Alex Iwobi slotted in from Alexis Sanchez’s chipped cross on 54 minutes and Lucas Perez crashed an effort against the crossbar as Arsenal piled the pressure on in the second half, but Watford held on.

Chelsea and Liverpool played a 1-1 draw at Anfield as the visitors missed the chance of an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Georginio Wijnaldum’s header earned Liverpool the equalizer after David Luiz’s 25th minute free-kick had put them ahead.

Chelsea could have taken all three points but Diego Costa’s penalty was saved by Mignolet.

In other matches, Crystal Palace beat Bournemouth 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium while relegation threatened Sunderland played a goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur to ensure all top teams dropped points on the night.

Elsewhere Sam Voke’s 87th minute goal was all Burnley needed to beat Leicester City 1-0 at Turf Moor while Middleborough and West Brom played a 1-1 draw in a keenly contested encounter at the Riverside Stadium.

Swansea City defeated Southampton 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

Promes Prefers Spartak Moscow To Liverpool Move

Quincy Promes, Liverpool, Netherlands, Spartak MoscowNetherlands Midfielder, Quincy Promes, says he remains fully committed to playing for Spartak Moscow.

The 25-year-old, however, admitted that countryman Georginio Wijnaldum wanted him at Liverpool.

Recently, Promes has been comprehensively linked with a move to the Anfield but he stated that he has “never thought about other clubs”.

Coach Jurgen Klopp is said to have kept an eye on the Netherlands winger, as he sought cover for Sadio Mane during the Africa Cup of Nations.

Several options are said to have been considered by the English side, but they have been left stranded in their quest of inspired reinforcements.