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Degen warns Liverpool ace Wijnaldum: Don't go chasing the money

Former Liverpool defender Philipp Degen has urged Gini Wijnaldum to think carefully about letting his contract run down this season.

As it stands, the Dutchman's deal runs out when the season ends meaning he can negotiate with foreign clubs from January over a pre-contract agreement.

Degen, now an agent, told the Liverpool Echo "This is a big question - the same, a little bit, as Emre Can.

"In football, I always say to every player that of course, in the end, you want good money, but in my life, I think a very important part in life is to see not only money, but everything.

"I don't know if it is only because of money, but he is in one of the top teams ever. What is the next step? Real Madrid? Or maybe Barcelona?

"I don't know but I don't think he will be a star in these teams. If I were him, I would be thinking very hard. We have a very tough time in this world with coronavirus and we cannot go to the stadium and see the people.

"I don't know exactly what his status is and why he hasn't signed, so maybe it is money, maybe he wants to move. But if I am him and I am part of this club which won the Champions League and the league - I stay in Liverpool.

"Sometimes a club really wants to keep you, sometimes a club wants to keep you, and sometimes a club doesn't want to keep you. This is three points.

"The one who really wants to keep you will do everything. The clubs who just want to keep you, they don't do everything. And the clubs who don't want to sign you, they leave out the contract. There is always three parts.

"I don't know which part Liverpool is exactly on that so I don't know, but if I am him, he can sign in five weeks, six weeks, but I would really think about it.

"He is at one of the best teams in Europe and you have to be a high, high club where he wants to move."

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