Ronald Koeman’s return as coach of the Dutch national team has been openly celebrated by at least one person. Georginio Wijnaldum tells why the return of the Dutch commander was so celebrated by him.
“I had already looked forward to working with him before. When the negotiation with FC Barcelona was underway, I was close to working with him again. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. So you hope to be able to work with him again at some point. I think we all wanted Ronald Koeman to come back” said Georginio Wijnaldum.
Under the command of Ronald Koeman, Georginio Wijnaldum was one of the most frequent names in the starting lineup of the Dutch national team. When a move to FC Barcelona fell through and Georginio Wijnaldum ended up on the bench at Paris Saint-Germain, Louis van Gaal left the experienced midfielder in the background.
“I accepted and respected the decision. Evidently we had a conversation. Regardless, I’m not happy he’s gone. I am also grateful to Louis van Gaal for what he has done for my career. It’s not that I don’t think he’s a good coach. But I feel better with Ronald Koeman than with Louis van Gaal” commented Georginio Wijnaldum.
“This feeling of gratitude comes from the past when I played for Feyenoord. There is this feeling between us” concluded Georginio Wijnaldum.