Sources: Liverpool regular starter rejects new long-term contract
Georginio Wijnaldum has rejected a new long-term Liverpool contract but is set to remain at the club this season, Football Insider understands.
The Holland international’s future has been a big talking point following the blockbuster signing of Thiago Alcantara last week.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that talks with Wijnaldum over an extended contract in recent months have failed to result in an agreement and he has knocked back at least one offer from the club.
Wijnaldum, 29, had been holding out for a contract running at least until the summer of 2024, and possibly even until 2025.
Liverpool are unwilling to go that far for a player who turns 30 in November as well as hand him a significant pay rise.
The Dutchman has rejected the offer tabled by the club and the prospect of him ending his career at Anfield is now a remote one.
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Like Emre Can a few years ago, Wijnaldum could play out the final season of his contract before leaving as a free agent next summer.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he has held one-on-one talks with the versatile midfielder and is in no doubt about his commitment to the cause.
Tellingly, he has been named in the starting XI for both of Liverpool’s Premier League matches this season, a 2-0 win at Chelsea following a 4-3 triumph against Leeds United.
The Dutchman has sought, and been given, assurances he will still be a key figure in Klopp’s Champions League and Premier League-winning team.
The versatile midfielder is not only a virtual ever-present in Klopp’s side but he was also one of the seven Liverpool players named in the top 30 of last year’s Ballon D’Or awards.
He started 35 of their 38 Premier League matches last season and has made 189 appearances for Liverpool since signing from Newcastle United in 2016.