Former PSG and Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum admits he wanted to return to Feyenoord last summer but the move ‘was not possible’

Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed that he wanted to return to Feyenoord last summer, but according to the 33-year-old midfielder, that move was not financially feasible. Instead, he opted for a move to Steven Gerrard’s Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia.

Netherlands national team coach Ronald Koeman made a big call this week, as Georginio Wijnaldum returned to the squad ahead of friendly matches with Scotland and Germany. During Tuesday’s training session, the 33-year-old told ESPN that he was keen on a return to Feyenoord. “Paris Saint-Germain asked for 10 million euros and then also my salary on top. That was impossible to achieve. Of course, it would have been possible if I gave in a lot, only I didn’t want that. Then I had to make another choice.”

Ultimately, a phone call from former Liverpool legend and Al-Ettifaq manager Steven Gerrard made the difference for Wijnaldum. The Saudi side reached an agreement with PSG, reportedly worth around eight million euros, before tying him down to a three-year deal. “That was the best option I had. There were other options, but they were things I didn’t want,” the former Liverpool and Newcastle United star added.

Georginio Wijnaldum was heavily linked with a return to Feyenoord or PSV last summer, but the midfielder shut down rumours of a return to one of his former sides at the time. The midfielder now says he’s going to keep “all options open this summer,” not ruling out a return to the Netherlands this time around.

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