Gini Wijnaldum and Lionel Messi claim made as former Liverpool midfielder’s PSG struggles continue
Former Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum ‘hasn’t got the support of the South American players’ at Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports from France.
The Dutchman has been struggling for game time at PSG and he hasn’t played a full 90 minutes in Ligue 1 since matchday three.
French news outlet L’Equipe claims the South American players at the club, including Lionel Messi, have been unsupportive of Wijnaldum as they ‘prefer’ fellow South American Leandro Paredes.
Wijnaldum has been in and out of PSG’s side this season, but he’s played more minutes than Paredes, who is also a midfielder.
However, recent reports suggest the ‘formation of cliques’ inside the dressing room is causing problems for the 30-year-old’s position in the team.
This follows earlier reports that Wijnaldum ‘isn’t completely happy’ in the French capital following his move from Liverpool in the summer.
He told Dutch news outlet NOS, via GOAL earlier this month: “I can’t say I’m completely happy, because the situation is not what I wanted.
“But 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.
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“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.”
Wijnaldum spent five years at Anfield before he departed on a free transfer at the end of last season following the expiration of his contract.
He was one of just two Liverpool players to feature in every Premier League game last term, but he seems to have had a challenging start to life at his new club.