Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has opened up about his frustrating start to life in France with Paris Saint-Germain.
The Dutch international joined PSG as a free agent from Premier League side Liverpool and was an integral part of the Reds side that won the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League title, as well as the 2019/20 Premier League trophy.
He was linked with a switch to FC Barcelona before abruptly signing for Les Parisiens.
“I can’t say I’m completely happy,” Wijnaldum told reporters ahead of the Netherlands’ 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Gibraltar on Monday.
“The situation is not what I wanted. I have played a lot in recent years, was always fit, and also did very well.
“This is something different and that takes getting used to. I was really looking forward to the new step and then this happens. It is very difficult.
“That’s football and I’ll have to learn to deal with that. I’m a fighter. I have to stay positive and work hard to turn it around.”
Wijnaldum has made 11 appearances in all competitions for PSG to date, but has yet to record a single goal or assist. The 30-year-old has only started one of the club’s last five Ligue 1 matches, with Marco Verratti and Idrissa Gueye currently Mauricio Pochettino’s preferred central midfield pairing.