The midfielder Wijnaldum joined PSG with high expectations of maintaining the high performance he had displayed at Liverpool. However, he couldn’t sustain that level and was soon loaned to Roma. The player departs from the French club after a disappointing spell.
Upon his return to Paris Saint-Germain, Wijnaldum realized he wasn’t part of the French team’s plans for the current season. Several clubs inquired about the player, and this week he reached an agreement with his new club. The player’s destination will be Arab football.
Last Saturday, Paris Saint-Germain completed the sale of midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum to Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia. This transfer was a request from former Liverpool player and current coach Steven Gerrard. Thus, the Dutchman becomes another star in the Saudi League.
Steven Gerrard requested the signing
Wijnaldum received an offer from Al-Ettifaq, a team managed by Steven Gerrard, and chose to join the club. His contract is expected to be signed this weekend, with the official announcement also scheduled for this Saturday.
The team will have to pay a significant amount to PSG for the arrival of the Dutchman, around 10 million euros. PSG secured the player’s signing without any cost after his contract with the previous team came to an end.
At 32 years old, Wijnaldum began his career at Feyenoord in the Netherlands and went on to play for PSV, Newcastle, and Liverpool before joining PSG. During his time at the French club, he played 38 games, scored three goals, and provided three assists, failing to meet the high expectations created regarding his performance after his standout time at Liverpool.
In the previous season, the player, who has also represented the Dutch national team in the 2014 World Cup, was loaned to Roma but suffered a tibia injury. With Wijnaldum not in PSG’s plans, the club wished the player good luck in his new venture.