Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye is still eager to join Paris Saint-Germain after seeing a potential January move to the French outfit fall through.
Gueye told L’Equipe:
“It is a dream that sadly did not come true. Every player works to join the best teams, to play in matches in the Champions League.
“But I was honoured that PSG were interested in me. Now, I know that I am of interest to these types of clubs, 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.
“PSG asked my leaders to find out how I could leave. But Everton put the brakes on right away. They did not want to sell me. I pushed.
“I saw the directors to tell them of my desire to go to Paris, it was a golden opportunity, a huge challenge not to miss at 29 years old.”
Talk of PSG being interested in Gueye gathered pace in the latter stages of the January window.
The midfielder has confirmed that he asked to leave Everton to make the move to Paris, but the Toffees were not prepared to sanction his exit at that stage.
Gueye is still keen to join the Ligue 1 outfit, however, and has vowed to continue performing to a high level in order to seal a move.
Quite how the Everton fans feel about Gueye’s comments is another matter, but it does seem strange that the 29-year-old has been so public in his desire to move on during a very difficult period of the season for his English club.
Gueye has made 97 appearances for Everton since arriving in 2016 from Aston Villa.
When considering that the midfielder cost in the region of £7m, he has been a wonderful signing for the Merseyside outfit.
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It remains to be seen whether PSG return for Gueye this summer as a lot can change in six months. Indeed, the club will already have targets in mind and it is unclear whether the Senegal international is still on their list.
The chance to join a club of PSG’s ilk is difficult to turn down, however, and Everton should allow him to move on this summer, providing the price is right and PSG remain in the hunt.
Whilst Gueye is extremely unlikely to win titles with Everton any time soon, he could expect to land a host of silverware in the French capital.