Arrived in France this Thursday, Georginio Wijnaldum gave his first impressions in an interview broadcast by Paris Saint-Germain.
His smile has never left him since he set foot on French soil. Georginio Wijnaldum, three lungs and a lot of talent to spare, has the same spirit on the pitch as off. With a laughing eye and a thumbs up, the Dutch midfielder had a sweet day for his arrival in the capital. We saw him take care to answer a few supporters who had come to venture into the Factory, before expressing his pride in representing Paris at the microphone of PSGTV. Extracts.
“A magnificent city and incredible supporters”
” It’s a strong feeling, I join a great club, which has great players in its workforce, he was immediately enthusiastic. Paris is a beautiful city, with incredible supporters, I know that because I have already played against Paris here at the Parc des Princes. It’s a big day for me and for my family, because we are starting a new adventure “.
How Pochettino tipped the scales
At the end of his contract at Liverpool, Georginio Wijnaldum – call him Gini – also explained why he had opted for PSG rather than Barça of his compatriot Ronald Koeman. The Dutch technician had it drive among the Oranje, but Mauricio Pochettino had a few cards in hand, too. “ I was at the end of my contract, and several clubs contacted me. When Paris came to meet me, everything went very well, and I quickly wanted to join Paris Saint-Germain. Mauricio Pochettino had already approached me at the time, to sign me for Tottenham, so I had already spoken with him a lot.. The whole club made me feel they really wanted me, it played a lot in my decision “.
A winner not satisfied
Seduced by the prospect of enrolling in an attacking game project, the new all-rounder of PSG is made of the same wood as the other XXL recruits of the summer (Ramos, Hakimi and Donnarumma): Paris attracts a winner not full. “ I have shown in the clubs that I have been through that I am a player who wants to win. I have this mentality of always wanting to do better, to learn from my teammates and my coaches. I will try to bring this mentality to the team, and integrate myself into the workforce as quickly as possible. “.
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Of course, the conquest of Europe occupies all heads and Wijnaldum is no exception to the rule – ” we build a team to fulfill these goals “- but the 2019 European champion is rubbing his hands at the idea of evolving in a well-stocked Park. ” When I played here in the Champions League with Liverpool (in the fall of 2018, editor’s note), I was very impressed“. With his qualities, his versatility and his global approach to the profession, it is now Wijnaldum who has everything to impress the Parisian public.