Gini Wijnaldum sends emotional message to Liverpool fans after confirming exit

Georginio Wijnaldum has sent a heartfelt message to Liverpool supporters after confirming the 2-0 win against Crystal Palace on Sunday was his last game for the club.

Speculation over the Dutch midfielder's future has been rife all season, with his contract set to expire at the end of next month.

But Reds boss Jurgen Klopp admitted ahead of the game that Wijnaldum would not be extending his deal, and the 30-year-old captained the team and was given a guard of honour at Anfield at the weekend.

After the match he took to social media with a long message to the Liverpool faithful which read: "It's really emotional for me right now, I'm very happy that we managed to get the third place and secure Champions League football for the club next season.

"On the other hand I'm fighting back the tears, the people in Liverpool have showed me so much love in the last five years. It's very hard to say goodbye.

"The fans singing my name, the prizes we won, I will never forget the amazing things we achieved with this fantastic club. We shared unforgettable moments together, no one can ever take that from us.

"I would have loved to remain a Liverpool player for many more years, but unfortunately things went different. I have to start a new adventure."

Wijnaldum also refused to drop any hints as to where he will be heading next, with Barcelona the club that have been most strongly linked with his signature.

"I didn't sign somewhere else, everyone knows that in football everything can happen," he added. "The situation right now is that as of July 1st, I'm not a Liverpool player anymore. We will see what I will do in the next couple of weeks. I will rest a little bit and then go to the national team.

"I will have a look at my story and how everything went. The fans deserve to know the story behind it."

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