The Netherlands is finally back on the international scene. Absent from Euro 2016 and then from the 2018 World Cup, the Dutch start this Euro 2020 against Ukraine tomorrow. Traditional press conference requires, a Dutch player introduced himself and not the least for the fans of the PSG, since it was Georginio Wijnaldum (30 years old). New Parisian, the midfielder, who officially signed up two days ago, returned to his transfer window and the negotiations to which he was the subject.
He explains in particular that he was on the verge of engaging with FC Barcelona, even thinking that the transfer was complete, before finally spinning in France against all odds. “Just before the end of the championship, Barça became very concrete. I thought I would go. My agents went there, there were meetings. I admit that I win more at PSG, but this choice is not only a question of money ”, recognizes the player who signed until 2024 with the French club.
Wijnaldum even thought of joining Barça
“I negotiated with Barcelona for four weeks but unfortunately we did not come to an agreement, says a transparent Wijnaldum about its future. Paris Saint-Germain were faster and more decisive. And the project they have there really attracts me. It was a difficult choice. I have to say that I also thought I would go to Barcelona, also because at the time Barcelona were the only club that was really interested. But we did not come to an agreement and with PSG, we succeeded. “
While Barça had taken the lead in the case, PSG made a “comeback” in the negotiations, offering double the salary to the former Liverpool (between 8 and 10 M € per year according to sources) . “I made a different choice, which was very difficult. We are talking about two very big clubs, but I am very happy to have arranged this before the start of the Euro. For such a tournament, you have to be focused on what you have to do. “ Her selection will not say the opposite, she who has not shone for a long time.