Georginio Wijnaldum discussed his decision to join PSG over Barcelona during a press conference ahead of the Netherlands' UEFA Euro 2020 match versus Ukraine.
For almost a year, the 30-year-old has been linked with a move to Barcelona. Last summer, the Catalans made an attempt to sign him, but the deal fell through.
Nonetheless, it was thought for a long time that Wijnaldum would wind up at Camp Nou when his Liverpool contract expired this summer.
However, in a last-minute twist, the Netherlands international chose to reject Barca and instead sign with PSG.
Now, shedding light on his sudden change of mind, Wijnaldum said: “Barcelona’s rejection was difficult, I negotiated with them for four weeks but Paris were faster and more decisive. Their project convinced me.”
The former Liverpool midfielder was then asked whether the wages being offered played a factor in his decision, to which he responded: “Yes, I admit I’m going to make more money in Paris, but my choice has nothing to do with the money.”
Wijnaldum is currently with Frenkie de Jong on international duty with the Netherlands for the Euros. The 30-year-old was asked if his decision had left the Barcelona star frustrated, and he responded in the affirmative, saying: “Yes, and not just him, look at social media.”
Wijnaldum did admit that it was a tough call for him to make, given that he was in talks with Barcelona for a while.
“It was a difficult choice, we were negotiating with Barcelona for four weeks but we didn’t reach an agreement, Paris came and it was more decisive and faster, and their project also liked it. But I have to say, I thought I was going to Barcelona, the only club he’s been interested in for a long time,” he said.
PSG has signed Wijnaldum to a three-year contract, but Barcelona are considering other options for the ex-Liverpool midfielder, with AS Roma's Lorenzo Pellegrini high on the list.
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