Jorginho Wijnaldum’s transfer from Paris Saint-Germain to Roma is officially completed tonight. The conference league winner hires the midfielder for a year from the French champions, with an option to buy. Wijnaldum (31) was not sure of his starting place at PSG last season and because of that he lost his place in the Dutch national team selection. Wijnaldum responded for the first time on the Roma club channel about moving to the Italian capital.
Rotterdamer was greeted enthusiastically at Rome airport yesterday by hundreds of Roma fans. A day later, after a medical examination, his presentation followed. He will play in Rome wearing the number 25. Wijnaldum may already be able to make his debut for his new team in a friendly match against Shakhtar Donetsk at the all-sold-out Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.
“I am very happy that I am now a Roma player,” Wijnaldum said on the club’s website. Rome. The club has shown that they really want me, and the fans have also welcomed me warmly on social media in recent days. This always gives the player great confidence. I will give 100 per cent to achieve our goals with the team.”
There has been speculation for weeks about Wijnaldum moving from Paris to Rome. However, his €10m salary at PSG was a stumbling block. In the end, the clubs also came to an agreement. Wijnaldum got information from former PSV teammate Kevin Strootman and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah, former players of the I am Georgia. “They told me great things about the club, especially as it would be a really good step in my career.”
Wijnaldum moved from Liverpool to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer last year. He preferred the great French power over Barcelona. Just before the European Championships, the midfielder signed a three-year contract in Paris, where he became a teammate of Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar, among others.
The former player at Feyenoord, Eindhoven and Newcastle United started the season as a key force, but soon lost his place. New coach Christoph Galtier, who succeeded sacked Mauricio Pochettino, did not take Wijnaldum to Japan on a training trip last month. The exit from Paris proved inevitable.
Wijnaldum will be hoping to get plenty of playing time at AS Roma under coach José Mourinho, in order to get back into the picture in Orange’s World Cup selection. He became a teammate of a former Feyenoord player, Rick Karsdorp, in the Italian capital. Roma beat Feyenoord in the Conference League final (1-0) last season. The Romans also strengthened themselves this summer with Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) and Paulo Dybala (Juventus).
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