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Gueye Books His Qatar Trip With Return ‘Home’

Having come through Lille’s youth set up, 32-year-old Idrissa Gana Gueye started making a name for himself in the French Ligue 1 and after five years with them, Premier League side Aston Villa brought him in back in 2015 to bolster their midfield options.

After a single season with them, Everton quickly pounced and with 108 appearances for them under his belt in a three year spell, he made a £30 million move back to France, and Paris Saint-Germain. It was a good spell with them for the Senegalese international who will no doubt feature in World Cup betting this year, as he chipped in with seven goals in 111 games – lifting both the Ligue 1 title and the French Cup twice – he also played his part in helping them to the 2020 Champions League final.

With just over five hours remaining in the 2022/23 summer transfer window, Everton’s month long August talks managed to secure a deal with PSG to see the World Cup bound Gueye return to Goodison Park – and for as little as a reported £2 million fee.

Given Gueye’s qualities in the middle of the pitch, and their own struggles in recent seasons, this could prove to be a massive boost to manager Frank Lampard’s chances to turn them around. Even with his more advanced age now, he is absolutely in the prime of his career and having spent three years already at the club, whilst an adjustment period will be needed as he gets to know his new team mates and reacquaints to the speed of the English top flight, it certainly should not be a long process at all.

The Everton faithful can certainly be optimistic of an upturn in form and performance levels once he feels like he is back home and has made that defensive midfield spot his own again.

Speaking for himself after making the return to Merseyside, whilst many Evertonian’s may have been disappointed with his departure given everything he said about a failed prior January move.

“It is a dream that sadly did not come true. But I was honoured that PSG were interested in me. Now, I know that I am of interest to these types of clubs, that I am ready to go to the final level to join a top European club. I am going to work even more so that they come back to me. Maybe it is not finished with PSG.”

It is pretty easy to see they will be delighted with what he had to say on his return.

“There is no better feeling than coming back home. I am very happy to be here at Everton again, to help and to work hard – I’ll give my soul to this team. Coming back here was important to me because I feel like I’m in my home. I’ve followed the team every week and watched how they play. For me, there is no better place than Everton, so that’s why I chose to come back here. There is also a great atmosphere at the stadium and everyone here is like a family. I felt very, very good when I was here and even when I went to Paris, I kept in touch with some of the players and continued to support the team. For me, it’s special. I told PSG if I am going to leave, it will be for one team — and that was Everton.”

Now we see how quickly he settles back in, and he will certainly want to with the 2022 World Cup taking place later this year, as his talent and experience will be massive for Senegal as they battle against hosts Qatar, Ecuador and Netherlands in the Group A opening battles.

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