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Four-year stint saw him fall out of love with the game

PSG during Van der Wiel's era

Gregor van der Wiel has reflected on his difficult spell at Paris Saint-Germain, which saw him fall out of love with football.

The former right-back spent four years in Paris between 2012 and 2016 and has given some insight into what it was like as a member of their star-studded dressing room.

“You land in France, with different players, different coaches, different tactics,” he said in an interview with Kick’t Net.

“I arrived in a team full of stars, guys that you often play with on Playstation.

“I arrived as a young guy, with my eyes wide open, shaking their hands. It was crazy, really incredible.

“I received an offer to extend my contract by three years, that’s true, but I decided not to extend it.

“I wasn’t very happy there. I wasn’t always playing. I didn’t have the security of playing regularly.

“There were also some incidents in my last season [2015/16] that annoyed me.

“Serge Aurier‘s live Periscope video, for example, where he spoke about the coach [Laurent Blanc] and about me in particular, two or three days before an important Champions League match against Chelsea. He was punished for that.

“Everyone sent me messages of ‘Get ready, you’re the one who will be playing’. Of course, it was an opportunity for me. But, in the end, I didn’t even play.

“They put Marquinhos in my position even though he is a central defender.

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is a soccer lover and writer. He is a graduate of Biological Sciences, presently teaching in a secondary in Lagos.

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