There is speculation about a departure from Anfield for the Netherlands international. Despite being pivotal for Jurgen Klopp in the Champions League and the Premier League triumph, Wijnaldum entered the final 12 months of their contract at Merseyside.

Wijnaldum is linked with a move to Barcelona

Georginio Wijnaldum is reluctant to hear rumors linking him with a move to Barca. He keeps his transfer cards close to his chest. There is speculation about a departure from Anfield for the Netherlands international. Despite being pivotal for Jurgen Klopp in the Champions League and the Premier League triumph, Wijnaldum entered the final 12 months of their contract at Merseyside. The new terms have not yet been agreed upon. So the Reds are understandably reluctant to see the drop in tradable assets into the free-agent pool in 2021. That has sparked the inevitable transfer talk, with apparent links between the Dutch star and Barcelona’s new coaching regime. Ronald Koeman, who worked with Wijnaldum when he led the Dutch nations’ team, has taken over the reins at Barcelona.

Georginio aware the debates about his future

He is said to be exploring the choice of reuniting with the hardworking midfielder. Wijnaldum is aware of the gossip he generates but remains keen to avoid being drawn into debates about his future. Talked on the Barça links in anticipation of leaving for his country against Poland, the 29-year-old told reporters: “These are rumors, I have nothing to say about it”. While Wijnaldum gives little when it comes to his plans at the club level. He is disappointed to have been lured out of the international position where he laid the foundations for building future success. “It’s a shame that he left, but we are also very happy for him,” the Red star said. “It can be contrasted to when you are in such a situation as a player. But we have to move on now.”

On Friday, an outing against Poland in the UEFA Nations League will be the Netherlands’ first since taking part in the UEFA European Championship qualifier against Estonia on 19 November 2019. Wijnaldum is relieved to return to international service after the coronavirus-enforced break. With the side now working under interim coach Dwight Lodeweges hoping to go one better in the 2020-21 Nations League than the runner-up finish they reached in the opening event 2018-19. “I am happy that we can be together again,” Wijnaldum said. We have a squad that gets along well, missed each other. Many guys have the same interests. You will miss it also because it went very well in the Netherlands national team. Now there was a pause of nine months, which made the loss only more significant.”