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Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

Georginio Wijnaldum has admitted a huge pay packet played a big part in his decision to turn down Barcelona and seal a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Wijnaldum conceded he was disappointed by Liverpool’s failure to hand him a contract extension, as he left Anfield amid emotional scenes last month.

Now the midfielder, who will captain Holland in their Euro 2020 opener against Ukraine in Amsterdam tonight, has conceded PSG’s £300,000-a-week pay packer was too much to turn down.

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“It was a difficult choice,” said Wijnaldum. “I negotiated with Barcelona for four weeks and we didn’t get it done.

“PSG was more decisive and the project they have there really appealed to me.

“Yes, I admit I’m going to make more money in Paris, but my choice has nothing to do with the money. I thought I would go to Barca, the only club I’d been interested in for a long time.”

Memphis Depay will start for Holland tonight, with his future also under a cloud as he negotiates a move to the Camp Nou.

Juventus have made a late move to hijack Depay’s move to Barca, with the Italian side believed to have offered him a more lucrative contract.

Former Manchester United winger Depay is leaving Lyon with his contract due to expire at the end of this month, with the absence of a transfer fee in his move putting the player and his advisers in a strong negotiating position.

Holland boss Frank De Boer has insisted his side should not be considered a big contender for Euro 2020, as he has downplayed ambitions for a side lacking the presence of captain Virgil van Dijk.

  • Holland v Ukraine, Uefa Euro 2020, Group C 8.0pm, live RTE2

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