Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has completed his move to Saudi Arabian club Al-Ettifaq, following his departure from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). Wijnaldum’s move to Al-Ettifaq reunites him with his former Liverpool midfield partner, Jordan Henderson.
Wijnaldum joined PSG in July 2021 after leaving Liverpool, where he spent five successful seasons. However, his time at the French club was short-lived, as he now embarks on a new adventure in Saudi Arabia.
The 31-year-old midfielder expressed his excitement about joining Al-Ettifaq and reuniting with Henderson. The two players formed a formidable partnership during their time together at Liverpool, winning several trophies, including the Premier League and Champions League.
Wijnaldum’s move to Al-Ettifaq comes as a surprise to many, as he had been linked with a return to the Premier League. However, the allure of playing alongside Henderson once again seems to have been a decisive factor in his decision.
Al-Ettifaq, based in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, competes in the Saudi Professional League, the top division of Saudi Arabian football. The club finished in eighth place last season and will be hoping that the arrival of Wijnaldum can help them improve on that position.
Wijnaldum’s departure from PSG comes after a relatively unsuccessful spell at the club. Despite being part of a star-studded squad, PSG failed to win the Ligue 1 title last season, finishing second to Lille. Wijnaldum’s move to Al-Ettifaq provides him with a fresh start and an opportunity to make a significant impact in a new league.
The Dutch international is known for his versatility and ability to contribute both defensively and offensively. He has a keen eye for goal and is also adept at breaking up opposition attacks. These qualities will undoubtedly be valuable assets for Al-Ettifaq as they aim to climb the ranks in Saudi Arabian football.
Wijnaldum’s move to Al-Ettifaq is expected to be a significant boost for the club, both on and off the pitch. His experience and leadership qualities will provide invaluable guidance to the younger players in the squad, while his technical ability and tactical understanding will enhance the team’s performance.
As Wijnaldum begins this new chapter in his career, there will undoubtedly be high expectations placed upon him. However, with his proven track record and determination, he has the potential to make a lasting impact at Al-Ettifaq and help the club achieve their ambitions.
Fans of both Al-Ettifaq and Liverpool will be eagerly watching Wijnaldum’s progress in Saudi Arabia, hoping that he can replicate the success he enjoyed during his time at Anfield.