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Wijnaldum explains joining PSG instead of Barca

Sat 12 June 2021 | 20:50

Wijnaldum says that he had negotiated with Barcelona for four weeks.

Georginio Wijnaldum

has decided to join

Paris Saint-Germain

after he negotiated with


, and now he has explained the details of his decision, claiming that after four weeks of negotiations, he didn’t reach an agreement with the Spanish club, and PSG’s offer seemed more convincing for him.

“It was a difficult choice. We negotiated with Barcelona for four weeks, but we did not reach an agreement,"

Wijnaldum said at a press conference.

"PSG were just quicker and their project spoke to me more. To be honest, I thought I was joining Barcelona because at the beginning they were the only interested club.

"PSG and Barcelona are both truly great clubs, and both are clubs where I would have liked to play. I wanted to make my decision before the start of the Euros and in the end I chose PSG.”

The 30-year-old Netherland international has signed a three-year contract with the French side and confirms that their head coach Mauricio Pochettino had a big role in convincing him.

"As a football player, you always want to play with the best players around you and when I look at the team and also when I spoke with the manager, I saw a team full of talented players and big players,"

he said


"And on top of that, I also saw a manager who can make the players even better and also capable of bringing all those players together to make a strong, strong team. I come here trying to write history with this unbelievable team."

source: SportMob