Wijnaldum (31) was not assured of a base place at PSG last season and partly because of this even lost his place in the selection of the Dutch national team.

    The Rotterdammer was enthusiastically welcomed at Rome airport on Thursday by hundreds of AS Roma fans. A day later, after the medical examination, his presentation followed. He will play in Rome wearing number 25. Wijnaldum may already be able to make his debut for his new club in the friendly match against Shakhtar Donetsk in the sold-out Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

    “I am very happy that I am now a Roma player,” said Wijnaldum. “The club has shown that it really wants me and the fans have also received me warmly through social media in recent days. That always gives a player a lot of confidence. I will give 100 percent to achieve our goals together with the team.”

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    Wijnaldum moved from Liverpool to PSG on a free transfer last year. He preferred the French superpower to FC Barcelona. Just before the European Championship, the midfielder signed a three-year contract in Paris, where he became a teammate of Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar, among others.

    The former player of Feyenoord, PSV and Newcastle United started the season as a base force, but soon lost his place. The new trainer Christophe Galtier, successor to the dismissed Mauricio Pochettino, did not take Wijnaldum to Japan for a practice trip last month. A departure from Paris proved inevitable.

    Wijnaldum hopes to get a lot of playing time at AS Roma under coach José Mourinho, in order to be back in the picture for the World Cup selection of Orange. He becomes a teammate of another former Feyenoord player, Rick Karsdorp, in the Italian capital. AS Roma defeated Feyenoord 1-0 in the Conference League final last season. The Romans also strengthened themselves this summer with Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) and Paulo Dybala (Juventus).

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