Former Everton midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye has been discussing his move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
Everton held off interest in the Senegalese midfielder last January. However, they could not keep the midfield dynamo again this summer as the French giants swooped in to finally get their man.
Gueye headed to the Parcs des Princes in a deal reported by The Guardian to be worth around £29 million this summer.
Speaking to PSG TV, as relayed by Top Mercato, Gueye admitted how important PSG boss Thomas Tuchel was in his decision to make the move.
The 29-year-old stated that knowing Tuchel felt he was a key missing component to his PSG side was a big reason behind the move.
“I was surprised, it made me happy, it’s the culmination of the work I’ve been doing for years, and seeing a coach say, ‘That’s the player I need, him I want him’, I did not expect it at all.
“Just to receive a call from him, to be able to interact with him, show his personality, but rub shoulders with him every day in training is even better.”
There is no surprise that Tuchel would view Gueye as such a potentially important recruit. Everton fans know just how impressive he can be and it is a testament to this appreciation that Gueye received near-universal well-wishes from fans upon his Goodison Park exit.
Everton went on to sign Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Fabian Delph to fill the role left behind by Gueye and they can hopefully become as influential at Everton going forward.