A new agreement at Anfield has yet to be signed by the Dutch midfielder and continues to be linked to a move to join fellow countryman Ronald Koeman at Camp Nou – Reports Goal.
In Barcelona or Real Madrid, Georginio Wijnaldum was cautioned against leaving Liverpool for more money, with Philipp Degen urging the Dutch midfielder not to follow the lead of Emre Can.
By the summer of 2021, the Dutch international is only linked to the reigning Premier League champions. If no new terms are negotiated, he will become a free agent, with an option from January for him to enter into talks with interested parties.
If an exit is sought on Merseyside, La Liga giants Barca are reported to be leading the search for Wijnaldum’s signature, with Ronald Koeman willing to be reunited with his fellow countryman at Camp Nou.
Degen can understand why such a move would appeal, especially with no transfer fee involved, but he believes it may be a mistake to walk away from one of the top teams ever”.
In the past, Liverpool has seen experienced stars make similar calls, with versatile international Germany being able to communicate with Juventus in 2018.
Degen, a former Reds defender who now works as an agent, said to Liverpool Echo, “This is a big question, a little bit the same as Emre Can.”
In football, I always tell every player that of course, in the end, you want good money, but in my life, I think that seeing not only money but everything, is a very important part of life.
“I don’t know if it’s just for the sake of earnings, but he’s always in one of the top teams. What would be the next step? From Real Madrid? Or Barcelona, perhaps?
I don’t know, but in these teams, I don’t think he’s going to be a star. I would think really hard if I were him. We have a really difficult time with coronavirus in this country, and we can’t go to the stadium and see the crowds.
“I don’t know exactly what his status is and why he didn’t sign, so maybe it’s money, maybe he’s going to transfer, but if I’m him and I’m part of this Champions League and League club, I’m going to stay in Liverpool.
A club really wants to keep you sometimes a club wants to keep you sometimes and a club doesn’t want to keep you sometimes. Three points, that is.
It will all be done by the one who really wants to keep you. The clubs, which just want to keep you, don’t do it all. And the clubs that don’t want to sign a contract with you leave the contract out. There are always three sections.
I don’t know exactly what part of Liverpool is on it, so I don’t know, but if I were him, he would be able to sign in five weeks, six weeks, but I’d really think about that. He’s one of the best teams in Europe, and there’s a high club you have to be where he wants to move.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, Wijnaldum has remained a key man for Liverpool this season, with the 30-year-old making 17 appearances in all competitions.