Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum has seemingly left the door open for a move away from Anfield, amid continued reports linking him with a move to Barcelona.
The Dutchman was among the Liverpool players touted to leave during the summer window. But he has remained with the Reds, despite Barcelona’s new manager, Ronald Koeman, being a big fan of his.
Wijnaldum’s contract is set to expire next summer and he has, as yet, failed to come to terms on a new deal. And speaking this week about his future, via Goal, it seems the 29-year-old is still unsure himself.
“I don’t think [the Barcelona interest] was that serious, otherwise you would have read a bit more, or more would have happened.
“There was nothing concrete. I didn’t have to think about it. I will stay on [with Liverpool] it looks like now. My contract will run for another 10 months. It could still change, of course you never know that in football. So we’ll see.”
The Netherlands star has been a key figure in Jurgen Klopp’s team for a number of seasons now. But the arrival of Thiago Alcantara, and the emergence of Curtis Jones, has cast a bit of doubt over his long-term plans.
Liverpool could simply decide to allow his contract to run down, as they did with Adam Lallana. And Wijnaldum’s comments here suggest that there could definitely be something simmering in the background.
Not the end of the world if Wijnaldum leaves next year – TBR View
Football clubs often evolve and move with the times and sometimes that means players who’ve been key for a while moving on elsewhere.
Wijnaldum might be one of those. He’s been great for Liverpool but he’ll be 30 next year and Jurgen Klopp might simply decide it’s time to go with someone else.
Plus, a move to Barcelona – if it comes around again – is too good for the Dutch star to turn down.