Liverpool: Steve Nicol urges club to keep Gini Wijnaldum
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is reportedly weighing up a new contract offer from the Reds, with the Dutchman’s current deal due to expire in the summer. He has been linked with a move to Barcelona, who have his former national team boss Ronald Koeman in charge, and Wijnaldum could enter negotiations over a pre-contract deal with foreign sides in January.
However, according to a report from the Guardian, Liverpool tabled a new contract offer at the beginning of December and Wijnaldum has asked for more time to make his decision.
He has promised that he will not start speaking to other clubs before letting Liverpool know of his decision, should he decide to leave.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp wants Wijnaldum to stay but admitted last month that he would have “no issue at all” if the player decided that his future lie elsewhere.
“Gini is one of the best people I ever met, and one of the best players I ever trained,” he said.
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“He’s an outstanding person, which means there is no issue at all.”
Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge believes the player could end up leaving, telling the Liverpool Echo: You don’t know what is going on behind the scenes with Gini Wijnaldum.
“Agents are hard to deal with. Gini is in an ideal position now. His contract is running out, he’s going to be free.
“He still loves Liverpool I’m sure. But there are going to be reasons behind it.
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“Only he knows. If Gini wants to go, he’ll go. It’s as simple as that.
“It’s all in Gini’s court. Will the club push the boat out and give him what he wants?
“I don’t know, we’ll have to watch this space and trust the manager. But if he wants to go, he’ll probably go.”
Fellow Liverpool legend John Barnes is hopeful that Wijnaldum will stay but he does not expect the club to “be held to ransom and give him a four-year deal on high wages”.
Speaking to BonusCodeBets, Barnes said: “Georginio Wijnaldum is a great player, I’m not sure if it would be Liverpool’s best piece of business in the window, but you want a player who is happy to stay.
“It would be great if both the player and club could come to an agreement in this window for a new deal, but I don’t feel as though Liverpool will be held to ransom and give him a four-year deal on high wages.
“The good thing about Liverpool is all of the players at the club want to play for the badge, they will all give 100 per cent and try to help Liverpool to win the league, which is all that can be asked for by a squad of players.
“I hope he stays.”
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