Van der Wiel: I'd snub Premier League clubs to stay at PSG
The Netherlands international has revealed that his agent has been contacted by English sides but his goal is to agree a new deal at the Parc des Princes
Gregory van der Wiel is desperate to stay at Paris Saint-Germain – despite the interest of a number of Premier League clubs in his services.
The Netherlands international only has 12 months left to run on his contract with the Ligue 1 champions and is expected to be sold this summer rather than be allowed to leave on a free transfer next year.
Van der Wiel has revealed that he has numerous options available to him but admitted that he would prefer to extend his stay at the Parc des Princes.
“This season has not been the best for me, personally,” the Dutchman told L’Equipe.
“I played more games than last season but I know that I have not been at my best. I had periods when I did not feel good; I was not well.
“I want to stay. But it does not depend on me. I know what I have read in the newspapers, about PSG looking for a new right-back, and it has an influence on me, for sure.
“I asked PSG about it. They said, ‘No, no, that’s not true …’
“It’s just a shame because I know that, if I am released, if I feel confident, I can fly on the pitch again.
“I had talks with PSG about a new deal. They started several months ago. But they were unsuccessful.
“Of course, I want to sign a new contract. I like it here in Paris. I want to continue to grow with this team. I love this club.
“But I only have one year left on my contract and it is certain that if I do not extend my deal, PSG will want to sell me.
“I know my agent [Mino Raiola] has been contacted by other clubs, clubs involved in the Champions League.
“Are some English clubs? Yes, among others. But again, my priority is to stay in Paris.”
Van der Wiel, who joined PSG from Ajax in 2012, has made 25 appearances in Ligue 1 this season, racking up one goal and three assists in the process.
The permanent signing of Serge Aurier from Toulouse has cast further doubt on the 27-year-old’s long-term future in the French capital.