Gini Wijnaldum wants to sign new deal with Liverpool as contract deadlock continues
Exclusive – Gini Wijnaldum has made it clear to Liverpool that he wants to sign a new deal with the club, but that he wants a contract that recognizes his value at Anfield.
The Dutchman’s future has been the source of much speculation in recent weeks and months, with his current terms due to expire in the summer of 2021. From January 1, Wijnaldum will also be able to strike a pre-contract deal with a foreign club expected to be he choose.
Despite the uncertainty over his future, Wijnaldum has remained a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s first team. As well as being part of the core leaders ‘squad, alongside Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Virgil van Dijk, Wijnaldum has been part of the Reds’ 16 Premier League outings in 2020/21. In fact, only Andrew Robertson and Roberto Firmino have played more minutes than Wijnaldum this season to date.
Back in October, 90 mins reported that Klopp’s position on Wijnaldum had been made clear to club owners, FSG.
However, Anfield bosses are unconvinced of offering a long-term deal on meaningful terms to a player who turned 30 in November, especially given the continued financial impact of the pandemic.
Klopp firmly believes that Wijnaldum still has years at the top, having become a world-class artist and a key cog in the Liverpool engine room.
While the exact details of the offer on the Liverpool table remain unknown, Wijnaldum – whose preference is to stay on Merseyside with his young family – has stopped making a decision on his future in the hopes of benefiting from improved conditions from FSG.
A source said 90 mins: “The player gave a lot to Liverpool and just wants a contract to match his bill.
“He’s not asking to be the club’s highest paid player, but he’s one of their key players and he feels that should be recognized to some extent.”
Wijnaldum also knows that several of Europe’s top teams are taking a close look at his situation, knowing that he will soon be free to talk to rival clubs.
Barcelona, of course, have been advised by current boss Ronald Koeman to secure his signature, while Inter, PSG and even Wolves have also been linked.
More surprisingly, Chelsea and Manchester City might even be ready to make offers if Wijnaldum officially comes to the market.
“I would be happy if he stayed here,” Klopp said recently of Wijnaldum’s situation.
“I’m pretty happy with Gini as you can see from looking at most of the line-ups.”