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PSG's South American Players 'Have Not Been Particularly Supportive' Of Georginio Wijnaldum Because Of Leandro Paredes Competition

Jack Kenmare

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PSG's South American Players 'Have Not Been Particularly Supportive' Of Georginio Wijnaldum Because Of Leandro Paredes Competition

Georginio Wijnaldum's situation at PSG has taken another twist, with reports emerging that South American players in the squad 'have not been particularly supportive' towards the midfielder in training sessions.

The reason behind their 'lack of support' is believed to stem from rumours that they are worried about the competition he poses to Argentina international Leandro Paredes, according to L'Equipe via Hadrien Grenier.

Paredes has made just two appearances in Ligue 1 this season after suffering a thigh injury meanwhile Wijnaldum, who joined the Parisiens on a free transfer from Liverpool this summer, has played 10 times in the league

The report comes just weeks after Gini Wijnaldum admitted he is not completely happy at Paris Saint-Germain, just four months after joining Mauricio Pochettino at the Parc des Princes.

He initially struggled to get in the side as the former Spurs manager preferred a pairing of Idrissa Gueye and Marco Verratti in midfield.

It led Wijnaldum to open up about his feelings towards a lack of first-team minutes.

In an interview ahead of the Netherlands' World Cup qualifier against Gibraltar, Wijnaldum told Dutch Media: "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.

"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 has featured 14 times in total for his new club but is yet to contribute with a goal or assist from midfield.

Thoughts on his situation?

Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Gini Wijnaldum, Football, Ligue 1, Paris Saint Germain

Jack Kenmare
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