Liverpool star Gini Wijnaldum has already begun mapping out the clubs he would like to play for in the future. The clock is ticking on the Dutchman’s contract, which is due to expire at the end of next season. The Reds remain confident of getting him to extend his stay and there is hope there will be a positive update soon but for now the focus remains on delivering the Premier League title.
Wijnaldum was on target for the league leaders last night, as they scraped a 3-2 win against West Ham after trailing the game in the second half.
In the absence of injured captain Jordan Henderson, the former Newcastle man is going to be crucial for Jurgen Klopp in the next few weeks, particularly with the Champions League second-leg against Atletico Madrid on the horizon.
Speaking to Dutch outlet RTV Rijnmond, Wijnaldum has laid out his plan to return to the Eredivisie one day.
“I see myself returning to Feyenoord, PSV or Sparta. I sometimes look at Sparta and then I think, ‘Well, it would be nice if I played there in my final years’,” he said.
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“In the Netherlands I have played at three clubs and I have had a very good feeling about all three, but you can only choose one.
“I also learn from other players. Van Nistelrooy once made the promise to return, but at a later age he did not want that anymore.
“What I am experiencing now is unique. You want to play at the highest level and win prizes, like Clarence Seedorf.
“My dream is to stay fit as long as I can, just like him, Zlatan or Ronaldo. I want to play at a high level until I am 38.”
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Liverpool are already believed to be negotiating with Wijnaldum over extending his stay.
He has had to watch a number of team-mates sign on the dotted line in recent seasons, with veteran midfield partner James Milner the latest to put pen to paper in December.
Speaking at the end of January, Wijnaldum raised concern amongst supporters that he could be hinting towards an exit.
“I’m just focusing on bringing this season to a good end and that’s the only thing I’m thinking of,” he said.
“What would I like? It is difficult to say. It depends on what the club wants and how the situation is at that time.
“We will see. Yes [it would be hard to leave Liverpool], it’s like home.”
Wijnaldum started off his career at Sparta Rotterdam, before moving onto Feyenoord in 2004.
He spent four years at De Kuip before moving onto PSV Eindhoven where he captained the club to the Eredivisie title in 2015.
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