Gini Wijnaldum is reportedly close to joining Barcelona this summer, with a deal allegedly ’95 per cent done’. The Dutchman has made it clear that he would prefer to stay on Merseyside but the club are yet to match his demands with contract talks now at a standstill.
Wijnaldum has been a vital figure ever since he arrived under Jurgen Klopp and has recently donned the captain’s armband.
Now he wants to see his value to the team reflected in his salary, with the midfielder keen to net closer to £200,000-a-week (currently earns £90k-a-week).
Yet it’s understood that Liverpool are reluctant to hand Wijnaldum a new long-term deal, given that he turns 31 in November.
Supporters have grown frustrated with the delay and now fear they could lose the former Newcastle man, who is adored at Anfield.
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Speaking ahead of the 2-0 win over RB Leipzig in Budapest, Wijnaldum confessed that he would love to stay at Liverpool.
“At the moment, there is no news as it is right now. I would lie if I come with news,” he said.
“The only thing that I can say is that I’m really happy at the club – I’m really happy with the team, the staff, and really happy with the fans for who I play. That’s the only thing that I can say.
“It’s not that I am not happy and that I have to leave or something like that, but it’s not as easy as everyone thinks it is to make some decisions for your future because you have to think about everything.”
Wijnaldum also set the record straight that the ball is firmly in Liverpool’s court.
“First you have to negotiate with the club and those kind of things and it’s so difficult to deal with all kind of things and that’s why I think it takes so long,” he added.
“I think also [that with] the situation we are in right now, it’s not the most important thing right now. I think the most important thing is to get back on track, to start winning games again, and then we will see.
“But until now, the only thing what I can say is that I am really happy here; happy with the fans, happy with my team, happy with the staff, with who I work with. My family is happy here. But beside that, there is no news.”