Georginio Wijnaldum stalls on contract renewal at Liverpool

Georginio Wijnaldum tells Liverpool fans ‘when there is news, we will bring it out’ as he stalls on contract renewal before insisting Reds need to ‘fix things in the game’ after sixth consecutive home defeat

  • Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum’s deal ends at the end of the season
  • He has been strongly linked with a move to Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona on a free
  • But the 30-year-old has insisted on-pitch matters are the priority at the moment 

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has stalled on any contract talk as he admits full focus is on reversing the club’s dramatic recent downturn in form.

Wijnaldum’s contract expires at the end of the season and he is yet to sign an extension, sparking fans’ fears he could move on a free transfer in the summer.

Sportsmail reported in January that contract talks between the 30-year-old and the club have reached stalemate, with boss Jurgen Klopp already drawing up a shortlist of potential replacements.

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has opened up on his contract situation at the club

The 30-year-old Dutchman has insisted on-pitch matters are the priority for him at the moment

But the 70-cap international has insisted fixing on-pitch matters after the Reds’ sixth straight loss, in a 1-0 defeat against Fulham, is more of a priority for him at the moment.

He told beIN Sports: ‘If you’re a fan and you support the team – you support the player and what they do with me.

‘You want to hear what’s going to happen but on the other side, for me, if there’s nothing to say and no news I cannot say something. I hope they can understand that and I hope they will stay patient until there’s news.

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman (left) is reportedly keen on signing the midfielder on a free

‘The most important thing right now is that we fix things in the game as a team and we get results.

‘Talking about an individual, in this case about me and my contract situation – because I just said there’s no news, I think we can focus on better things than on my situation. When there is news, we will bring it out.’

Wijnaldum has played 224 matches in all competitions since joining for £23million from Newcastle in 2016, winning a Premier League, Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup title in that time and establishing himself as a key player.

If he leaves, a likely potential destination is Barcelona, where he would reunite with former Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman, with the lack of a transfer fee greasing the wheels of a prospective move. 

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