Gini Wijnaldum has revealed what Rafa told him when they talked last week about Gini potentially moving to Liverpool, who had just met Newcastle’s price of £25M for the Dutch Player of the Season in 2015, when the 25 year-old successfully captained PSV to the Dutch Championship.
Gini Wijnaldum in pre-season at Newcastle
This is some of what Wijnaldum has told the Liverpool Echo:
“Rafa just said that Liverpool is a big club.”
“The biggest thing he said was that he wanted to keep me for Newcastle.”
“He didn’t want to sell me, but he said that if a great offer came in they would think about it.” “He wanted to keep me there.”
“He didn’t say: ‘You need to go to Liverpool’ because he wanted me to stay at Newcastle.”
Benitez seems good with his players because he tells them the truth – and it seems like what he told Gini will get him respect from both the Liverpool and Newcastle fans.
Of course Rafa is still a hero at Liverpool, after winning the Champions League in 2005 for them and doing so well as the Liverpool manager for six years from 2004, and he is fast becoming a hero on Tyneside.
In fact the Newcastle and Liverpool clubs are very much the same and the fans are very alike.
The only real difference between the clubs is that since 1970 Liverpool have won 11 League One titles, 6 FA Cups, 8 League Cups, 5 Champions Leagues (European Cup) and 3 Europa Leagues (UEFA Cup).
So that’s around 33 trophies and let’s make this short – Newcastle have won nothing.
That’s the only real difference.
🙂 🙂 🙂
We just hope we can get straight back to the Premier League next season and Gini could have helped us do that.
But that’s the collateral damage that comes with being relegated – you lose most of your very best players however much you try to keep them.