Wijnaldum refuses to answer Liverpool contract questions amid Barcelona speculation

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The 30-year-old only has a deal at Anfield until the end of the season, and has been regularly linked with his former Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman

Georginio Wijnaldum is refusing to speculate on his own future amid continued rumours surrounding a new Liverpool contract.

The 30-year-old only has a deal at Anfield until the end of the season and has been regularly linked with his former Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman at Barcelona. Unless he signs a new contract, he will be free to speak to the La Liga side or any other foreign club in January.

Wijnaldum, however, is refusing to give anything away, saying only his current club can answer queries about his future.

He told Dutch outlet Het Parool: "I can’t say anything about that. Just ask Liverpool those questions. Don’t they answer?

“I cannot say anything about it, including whether or not there is talk of a new contract between me and Liverpool. Sorry.”

Wijnaldum has been a key figure in Liverpool's successes of recent seasons, winning the Champions League in 2019 before helping the club to their first English top-flight title in 30 years last season as they won the Premier League.

The Reds have started this season well too, sitting third in the Premier League following a 1-1 draw at main title rivals Manchester City last Sunday, and Wijnaldum says he and his team-mates remain as hungry and passionate as ever.

He said: “We knew we might not be at the top after this weekend - going to Manchester City is just a tough game - but take it from me: we are just as eager at Liverpool, you know. The group wants more, and the manager is still pushing us.”

Wijnaldum is currently with the Netherlands national team, ahead of a friendly against Spain on Wednesday before UEFA Nations' League clashes with Bosnia-Herzegovina and Poland.

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He is not joined by Liverpool and Netherlands team-mate Virgil van Dijk, however, as the centre-back has been ruled out for most of this season with a serious knee injury.

“It’s a pity that Virgil van Dijk isn’t here because of that knee injury. I talk to him often, but never about soccer," said Wijnaldum.

“He just has to rehabilitate and be there for his family, and God willing, he will be there next summer. Yes, he is still involved with the team, even though he is not physically here.”

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