Georginio Wijnaldum admits he is “not completely happy” at Paris Saint-Germain and worries about the lack of playing time after his summer transfer from Liverpool.
The 30-year-old left Anfield for a free transfer earlier this summer after failing to secure a new deal with the Reds, but struggled to make an impact under Mauricio Pochettino at Parc des Princes, only recording six departures in all competitions since arriving in the French capital.
Wijnaldum, who captained his country at Euro 2020 earlier this summer in the absence of Virgil van Dijk, was brought in among a string of high profile signings in the final transfer window, along with Lionel Messi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos and Achraf Hakimi also having joined the Parisians.
Since being benched for the 4-0 victory over Clermont Foot on September 11, Wijnaldum has only played 92 minutes of Ligue 1 football, and before the Netherlands World Cup qualifiers against Gibraltar on Monday, the midfielder expressed frustration with PSG. on his playing time so far this season.
He told a Dutch media NO: “I cannot say that I am completely happy, because the situation is not what I wanted.
“But this is football and I’m going to have to learn to deal with it. I’m a fighter. I have to stay positive and work hard to turn the tide.
“I’ve played a lot in the last few years, I’ve always been in good shape and also played really well. It’s something different and you have to get used to it.
“I was really looking forward to the next step and then it happens. It’s very difficult.”
Idrissa Gueye and Ander Herrera have been Pochettino’s favorite options in central midfielder this term, and Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal has revealed he is also concerned about Wijnaldum’s start in life in his new club.
He said: “Of course I’m worried. I already told him about it when I arrived. But the alarm bells are not ringing yet.”
Wijnaldum ended his five-year association with Liverpool in June. He has scored 22 times in 237 appearances for the Merseyside club, playing a key role in their success under Jurgen Klopp as well as the Reds’ Champions League and Premier League triumphs in 2019 and 2020.
The Dutchman, who holds 82 caps for his national team, was suspended for the 1-0 victory over Lativa in World Cup qualifying last Friday but will likely be back in the starting lineup for the test. Van Gaal’s team against Gibraltar.