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barca shake-up Barcelona star insists he is not prepared to leave the club to make way for Gini Wijnaldum

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Wijnaldum has been a key player for Klopp (Clive Brunskill/PA)

Wijnaldum has been a key player for Klopp (Clive Brunskill/PA)

Wijnaldum has been a key player for Klopp (Clive Brunskill/PA)

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum appears to be closing in on a move to Barcelona, but suggestions that his arrival may be dependent on the departure of Miralem Pjanic could cast doubt over a deal.

Anfield insiders have insisted they are still hopeful of keeping Wijnaldum at the club, amid claims that he has already signed a pre-contract agreement with the Catalan giants when his Liverpool deal expires this summer.

Yet there are now suggestions that Barcelona are putting pressure on Pjanic to leave the club to pave the way for Wijnaldum's arrival and he has been quick to quash that suggestion.

"I did not sign for Barca to leave the following year, I signed to make history at a club that had been on my path for many years," the Bosnia told Mundo Deportivo.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Miralem Pjanic was believed to be a target for Manchester City (Nick Potts/PA)

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Miralem Pjanic was believed to be a target for Manchester City (Nick Potts/PA)

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Miralem Pjanic was believed to be a target for Manchester City (Nick Potts/PA)

"When I was 16 years old, my father was meeting with Barca leaders, who wanted to sign me for Barca B. I was at Metz then and we didn’t know how to appreciate that Barca B is so important in this club. I decided to start my career in France but I always followed what Barca did.

"Two years ago, Barcelona wanted to sign me, we were talking but the club invested in Antoine Griezmann and there was no money left for me.

"I had to wait two years to live the dream of being a Barca player. I came to Barca because of my game and my experience as a winner, that’s what they asked me to contribute when I signed for the Blaugrana club,” he added.

"They told me that my character and my experience would be vital to grow a generation of young people from La Masia who were climbing very strongly. Balance is essential and I came to provide that balance.

"Look, I’ve come to Barca to win the Champions League, that’s my goal. This year I want to help win the double, that’s my mentality. I never give up. If I don’t play, the next morning I am training harder than ever so that the coaches will notice that I am not giving up."

Panjic has struggled to get into the Barcelona side under boss Ronald Koeman this season, but it seems he is not ready to give up on his Barca dream any time soon.

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