Former midfielder Gini Wijnaldum has been interviewed by ESPN today and he has talked about his former club Newcastle United.
Gini was moved out last summer when Liverpool came in and met Newcastle’s asking price of £25M for him, which was over a £10M profit in one year after we had signed the playmaker for around £14M two years ago from PSV.
He was voted the Dutch player of the Year in the previous season as PSV won the Eredivisie.
But we always thought Gini – while never wanting to play in England’s second division – nevertheless conducted himself with professionalism and class last summer and he kept quiet about things until he was eventually sold.
Former Newcastle midfielder Gini Wijnaldum – now at Liverpool
That was unlike some other player who we will not mention, other than to say his first name is Moussa and his career is in the tank this summer.
Gini has done very well at Liverpool and in our opinion he was the really class player we lost due to relegation last summer.
This is what Gini has said about Newcastle United today to ESPN:
“Newcastle United are a club which is in my heart.” “They gave me the opportunity to play in the Premier League.”
“The fee was a lot of money at the time and a lot of clubs didn’t want to take the risk that they took.” “The people at the club and the fans treated me real good.
“I don’t have a bad word to say about Newcastle and I am happy that they are back in the Premier League where they belong.
“Will I get a good reception there? I don’t know.”
“I heard it won’t be great for me but I still love that club.”
“When I needed them, when I went there as a new signing, they supported me. I had a feeling they were happy I was there.”
“When a club like Liverpool come and give you the opportunity to play in the Premier League again…it’s one of the biggest clubs in the world so I didn’t think twice.”
“I wanted to make the transfer and I’m happy that I did.”
26 year-old Wijnaldum will likely be booed when he plays at St. James’ Park in the coming season, but when you are judging the person – Gini is a good man.
That’s our opinion.