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Wijnaldum comments on Barcelona interest

New Barca coach Ronald Koeman was keen on a reunion with his compatriot having worked with him in the Dutch national team set up

 
10:08am on Wednesday 7th October 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Gini Wijnaldum doesn't think Barcelona's interest in him was "too serious" over the summer.

When Ronald Koeman took over as head coach of the Blaugrana, he reportedly asked the board to sign him two players - Wijnaldum and also Memphis Depay of Lyon.

In the end, despite a raft of first-team exits, Barca couldn't pull the money together to sign either player, having spend a good portion of their budget on right-back Sergino Dest.

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The Memphis deal certainly had more traction than any for Wijnaldum, and the latter has played down just how close a deal came with Liverpool, or if there were any negotiations at all.

"I don't think it was that serious," he said of Barca's interest.

"Otherwise you would have read a bit more, or more would have happened."

Wijnaldum's contract does run out next summer which was one of the factors which led to the reports of a move to Barca, but he is staying an Anfield for now.

"The way it looks now, I will stay in Liverpool," said the former Newcastle midfielder.

"My contract is valid for another 10 months and that can change. You never know in football."

The Dutchman has started every one of Liverpool's league games so far this season.

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