Liverpool and Georginio Wijnaldum’s contract dispute is unchanged as we near January. Jurgen Klopp positive anything can still happen.
One of Liverpool’s key figures have been in a contract standoff with the club for almost two seasons. There have been no new developments on whether he will leave or stay at Anfield beyond the next summer window.
Georginio Wijnaldum is nearing the end of his current deal with Liverpool. If they do not get him to sign a new contract, the player will be free to talk to clubs abroad as early as January and can agree to a pre-contract with his potential suitors.
Before the season kicked off, Gini was one of the most trending names between the English Premier League and the Spanish La Liga. The Reds’ star midfielder came close to making the switch from Anfield to Camp Nou and join up with Ronald Koeman at Barcelona.
Thankfully for Jurgen Klopp and co. he did not make the move and stayed put. Sadly, this did and does not declare the situation sorted but in fact, it carries on to a worrying period.
Gini on his contract situation with Liverpool
As per James Pearce, the player feels that any new deal that has been placed on the table has not displayed his value to the club.
Furthermore, if a deal does become more attractive, nothing suggests he won’t sign. Despite his undervalued mood, he gave his manager the assurance he will be 100% committed when selected and he will not allow this to affect his game.
Gini Wijnaldum believes he merits a contract which reflects his level of contribution and his status. So far that hasn’t been put on the table and so he intends to consider his options carefully.
On his return to the club after the September internationals, Wijnaldum held talks with Klopp and made it clear he was fully committed for the season ahead and happy to stay put. That was all Klopp wanted to hear. Their relationship remains strong. (Via: @AnfieldWatch)
The manager remains positive
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Klopp made it clear that Wijnaldum is still a huge part of his plans and one of the best players he has ever worked with. He too has hope that the Dutchman could still sign a new agreement with the Anfield side.
However, the situation of the central midfielder that’s played the most minutes this season for Liverpool was compared to that of Emre Can‘s by the manager — also stating he would be happy to see him stay at the club rather than watch him leave.
Klopp on the Gini situation:
I cannot really say a lot about that. I would be happy if he would stay here. I am pretty happy with Gini as you can see when you look at most of the line-ups!
Gini is one of the best people I have ever met and he is one of the best players I’ve ever trained and he is an outstanding person so there is no issue, no issue at all.
We’ve had situations like this before, with Emre Can for example. He played and he gave his absolutely everything until the last day of his contract and Gini will do the same, no doubt about that. No harm to our relationship for ever. (Via: liverpoolecho.co.uk)
Liverpool was said to have pulled out of contract negotiations altogether due to the lengthy standoff between him and the club, as well as the unprecedented times which was brought upon us by the pandemic. Before the two, Gini and Klopp spoke out, this contract fiasco was dead.
As per reports, in about five and a half weeks we could see him sign a pre-agreement with another top side in Europe. Other than Barcelona, their rivals Real Madrid were said to be interested in the player.