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Georginio Wijnaldum, football | Van Gaal’s concern about Wijnaldum:

Jorginho Wijnaldum (30) does not have a safe place in the starting line-up of Paris Saint-Germain. The Dutch national team manager doesn’t like it.

The Netherlands leads Group G in World Cup qualifiers with Norway, but with a much better goal difference, Louis van Gaal’s side have put themselves in a good position ahead of the remaining four games.

A key piece in the Dutch national team is Georginio Wijnaldum, who was, among other things, captain of the team at this year’s European Championship in the absence of Virgil van Dijk through injury.

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Van Gaal: – I’m worried

But after this summer’s move from Liverpool to Paris Saint-Germain, the 32-year-old has had to put up with less playing time.

In his last seven matches, he has had the chance from the start twice, largely due to stiff competition in midfield from players such as Marco Verratti, Idrissa Gana Guyi, Ander Herrera, Leandro Paredes and Danilo Pereira.

Ahead of the Netherlands’ upcoming international matches against Latvia and Gibraltar, Van Gaal says it’s an unfortunate situation for the national team.

– Of course I’m worried, he says.

– I already talked to him about it when I arrived. But alarm bells have not yet sounded. Van Gaal says I have great confidence in the key players.

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Then it was almost impossible

Wijnaldum was suspended for Friday’s match with Latvia due to a yellow card he was shown against Turkey last time.

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One thing Van Gaal is happy about anyway is that his side are now out in two games, compared to the previous rally when there were three games in seven days.

– This break is a little quieter. The last time it was nearly impossible after three games, he says.

Then the Netherlands played, among other things, 1-1 against Norway.

This national gathering is Van Gaal’s second after he became the new manager of the Dutch national team in August.