Van der Wiel slams Blanc

Departing Paris Saint-Germain defender Gregory van der Wiel has hit out at manager Laurent Blanc, claiming the Frenchman never believed in his ability.

Van der Wiel joined PSG from Ajax Amsterdam in 2012 for a reported fee of €6 million, and at the time he was touted as one of Europe's finest attacking full-backs as the Ligue 1 outfit beat Manchester United and Arsenal to his signature.

Four years later, the Netherlands international has been released upon the expiry of his contract after becoming the club's third choice right-back – which he feels was not warranted.

"I would have loved to stay at PSG, but I think everyone understands my decision to leave," the 28-year-old told Eurosport.

"I always gave my all to try to win a starting berth. But it's proof that the coach does not really believe in you when you are on the bench even when others are not available.

"We never really talked to each other. Not at all to be honest. I don't think Blanc likes to talk with his players. He never told me why I was second choice or third choice. Maybe I could have understood things had he explained it to me.

"I felt really bad about that. I was really disappointed, because I think I am good enough to play in the Champions League.

"I think the people will understand why I don't want to stay in this situation. I prefer to go to a club where the coach does believe in me and where I will play regularly."

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