“I cannot say that I am completely happy, because the situation is not what I wanted “, are the words with which Giorgino Wijnaldum has described his first months at Paris Saint-Germain . The Dutch midfielder, wanted by Barça in the summer, opted for the money offered from the Parc des Princes (and Qatar) with an offer that doubled Barça to land in France.
However, as he himself has admitted in an interview with NOS, PSG is not meeting the expectations of the former Liverpool captains . The Dutch footballer is counting less and less for Pochettino. After starting all the games in August, after the recovery of troops by the Parisians, his importance has plummeted, adding only 92 minutes of play in the last five league games.
Wijnaldum knew that it was an express request from Koeman for the planning of his Barça (even before knowing the departure of Messi ) and that he would be an important piece of the team , especially in a time of restructuring like the one the club is experiencing now. However, he preferred the millions of PSG.
“I have played a lot in recent years, I was always in shape and I also did well. This is something different and that requires getting used to. I really wanted to take the new step and then this happens. It is very difficult, ” explained the Dutchman about your situation in France.
Ilaix Moriba: with millions and without football
A case very similar to the one that has happened to Ilaix Moriba , one of the pearls that Koeman made his debut last year and that Barça sold this summer due to his high demands to renew his contract that ended in 2022. Given the critical economic situation of the club was chosen for its sale (for 16 million , to Leipzig), where Moriba (and especially his agents) would have what he wanted: more money.
However, fate has also wanted to be capricious with the Barça squad and he is not living the experience he imagined at Leipzig either. Until this national team break, of the six matches that his new team has played, Moriba has only been called up in 4 and played in one … 11 minutes .
Very striking statistics for a footballer who was quickly classified as the present and future of Barça and the national team … as long as he wanted. In fact, Ilaix was gaining weight as the season progressed and finished as a starter in several of the final days of the championship .
Happiness, with Gavi
Two footballers who, with little margin of doubt, would have had a great weight in this season of reconstruction of Barça. Proof of this, the numerous opportunities that the homegrown players are enjoying, especially in the center of the field, where a specific name stands out: that of Gavi .
The Sevillian footballer has become the great news of this start to the campaign at Barcelona , helping him to gain a place as a starter in the Nations League team . Koeman has given him stripes and he is responding with honors. At 17 years old, since September he has already accumulated 408 minutes of football alone with Barça … for the 149 for Wijnaldum and the 11 for Moriba. One more proof that money does not bring happiness (and football, yes).