The Dutch defender has bad memories of his years at PSG.
Passed by PSG from 2012 to 2016, Gregory van der Wiel returned to his time with the Parisian club during a Dutch program broadcast on YouTube : KICK ‘T NET. And the least we can say is that he has a very bad memory of it.
PSG, a default choice
Trained at Ajax and finalist for the World Cup in 2010 with the Netherlands, Grégory van der Wiel joined PSG on September 3, 2012, in the last days of the summer transfer window. A default choice as he confides: “I didn’t really choose Paris. I missed my Euro 2012 and didn’t have as many options as before. Time passed, Ajax pushed me on the bench to play Van Rhijn because I only had one year of contract. I really had to go and PSG was there. “
Aurier, Marquinhos: misunderstanding
In 2020, in a previous interview, VDW had already mentioned his discomfort, to the point of having panic and anxiety attacks. He reaffirmed that he had not been happy in Paris and that he had very badly experienced the Serge Aurier affair: “I was not super happy there. I wasn’t always playing. I did not have the assurance of playing regularly. There were also a few incidents in my last season that made me fed up. Serge Aurier’s live Périscope for example, where he talked about the coach (Laurent Blanc, editor’s note) and me in particular with his shisha, two or three days away from a Champions League match against Chelsea. He was suspended. Everyone sent me messages: “Prepare yourself well, it’s you who will play”. But I didn’t even play after all. “
“They put Marquinhos in my place when he is a central defender. These are difficult times to live, where you feel bad, you say to yourself “guys, I’m not good enough to be number 2 at the right-back position to the point of putting a central in my place? “. It led me not to want to stay there ”, he adds.
Not to miss
Without club since March 2019
In the summer of 2016, free from any contract, he left PSG and signed up with Fenerbahçe in Turkey before joining Serie A club Cagliari the following year. Now 33, Van der Wiel has been without a club since leaving Toronto FC (MLS) in March 2019. In August 2020, he had an inconclusive try at RKC Waalwijk.