Wijnaldum pressed on Liverpool future as Barcelona edge closer to sealing move

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has once again been pressed on his plans for the future as time ticks down on his contract.

Barcelona are the side believed to be leading the race to sign the 30-year-old if he is unable to reach a new agreement at Anfield before his deal expires at the end of the summer.

Wijnaldum has tried to play down speculation in the past, but was once again pressed on any plans he possibly had while fielding questions on international duty.

He told Dutch outlet NOS: “They will always talk about these things but as I’ve said on other occasions, I have no news still.

“They say this in the media but I have no news. When there is I will talk about it, but there isn’t.

Gini Wijnaldum has been pressed on his future plans once again

“I’m here now to talk about the games against Turkey, Latvia and Gibraltar.”

Wijnaldum’s comments come as it is understood that the Reds are adamant that they have not been informed of any pre-contract agreement between the midfielder and the Spanish club, despite reports suggesting an agreement has been penned.

And Barcelona have now also distanced themselves from the reports, which originated in the Catalan media, claiming they have not yet come to any formal arrangement with the player.

Koeman and Wijnaldum have worked together at national level (Photo by Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman and Wijnaldum have worked together at national level

But the Dutch international is now able to sign a pre-contract with an overseas club, and he has made clear he won’t sign the offer which Liverpool are understood to have left on the table since last summer.

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Earlier this month, Wijnaldum opened up on the possibility of leaving and how difficult deciding his future has been in recent months.

“There is no news as it is right now,” he said. “I would like if i come with news, all I can say is I’m really happy with the club, with the team, staff and the fans for who I play. It is not that I’m not happy or that I have to leave or something like that.

“It’s not as easy as everyone thinks it is to make some decisions about your future, you have to think about everything and then first negotiate with the clubs and it’s so difficult and it’s why it takes so long, also I think the situation we’re in right now means its not the most important thing.

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“That is getting back on track and winning games and then we will see. I’m happy with the fans, the team, the staff, beside that there is no news.”

He then added of how painful it would be to leave the club: “[It is] Really difficult because if that happens you leave a team who you really love, a team you share a lot of years together and where you feel really comfortable.

“It will be difficult but you don’t know the situation, why you have to leave it always depends on the situation.

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“But I would be devastated that I don’t play with this team anymore, that is for sure.”


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