Georginio Wijnaldum should have stayed at Liverpool rather than joining Paris Saint-Germain, says Dutch hero and former Premier League star Rafael van der Vaart.
Wijnaldum, 31, left Anfield when his contract expired at the end of last year but has endured a difficult period since moving to the French capital.
Joining the club on a free transfer, the Dutchman has scored just three times and contributed three assists in 31 appearances for the Ligue 1 leaders.
Given his treacherous club form, Ajax’s Steven Berghuis has moved ahead of him in the national team pecking order.
Berghuis joined Eredivisie champions Feyenoord in the summer and started in the Netherlands’ win over Denmark ahead of the former Liverpool man.
Wijnaldum’s struggles at PSG have led to reports he could move on after just one season, with a move elsewhere likely this summer.
Van der Vaart will now hope Wijnaldum realizes he made the wrong choice by moving to the French giants.
“Wijnaldum made a mistake choosing PSG,” said the former Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid playmaker.
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“In the meantime, Berghuis has made an excellent choice by choosing to move from Feyenoord to Ajax.
“Now Georginio will understand why making the right choice is so important.”
During his time on Merseyside, Wijnaldum scored 22 goals and registered 16 assists in 237 appearances for Liverpool.
But more than his goals and assists record, he was a trusted cog in Jurgen Klopp’s engine room and played a key role in the middle of his Reds side, with his oft-praised consistency.
He also got his hands on various honours, including the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and Premier League title.
Accustomed to Klopp, his setbacks in Paris proved that the grass is not always greener on the other side, and the player has since signaled his intention to leave PSG.
Despite his struggles, Wijnaldum hopes to make the Dutch World Cup squad for the tournament in eight months.
With the draw for the 2022 Winter Tournament taking place on Friday, his team will be in pot two and will therefore be in a group with one of the hosts, Qatar, Brazil, Belgium, France, Argentina, England, Spain or Portugal.
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