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‘I couldn’t turn it down’ – Gueye reacts after ‘dream’ PSG move

7:31 PM GMT+8 30/07/2019
Idrissa Gueye Everton 2018-19
The Senegal international completed a permanent move to the French capital from Goodison Park on Tuesday

After signing a four-year deal with PSG, Idrissa Gueye admitted it was hard for him to reject the French champions when a transfer the French champions became a reality.

Gueye has been a transfer target for the Parisians since the January transfer window, with Everton turning down a £22million bid to keep him until the end of the 2018-19 season.

However, the breakthrough came when both clubs agreed on a £28 million transfer fee, which marked the end of the midfielder's time at Everton and gives him a chance to play the Uefa Champions League next season.

The 29-year-old spent three years at Goosion Park, where he had more tackles (395) and interceptions (128) in the Premier League since August 2016 than anyone.

In his farewell message to the Toffees, Gueye expressed appreciation to the club and pledged to support them from his new base in France.

“Thank you! Since my arrival I have felt at home at this club, you have welcomed me and my family with open arms,” Gueye wrote on Instagram.

“Everton FC gave me the opportunity to continue in the Premier League and the last three years, I have had some amazing experiences which I will cherish forever.

"I am grateful to have had the love and support of you all throughout this journey and I must say no matter the weather or performances the support was always there.

“As you know, I am about to start a new journey, a journey that I have dreamed about since a kid and when this opportunity presented itself I couldn’t turn it down.

“To my teammates and coaches, I will miss you and will continue to support you. Everton, we are family and will continue to be and for me, Merseyside will always be blue.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

To The Blues, Thank YOU! Since my arrival I have felt at home at this club, you have welcomed me and my family with open arms. Everton FC gave me the opportunity to continue in the premier league and the last 3 years I have had some amazing experiences which I will cherish forever. I am grateful to have had the love and support of you all throughout this journey and I must say no matter the weather or permformances the support was always there. As you know I am about to start a new journey, a journey that I have dreamed about since a kid and when this opportunity presented itself I couldn’t turn it down. To my teammates and coaches I will miss you and will continue to support you. Everton ... we are family and will continue to be and for me Merseyside will always be BLUE 💙 #COYB. Love, Idrissa Gana Gueye

A post shared by Idrissa Gana Gueye (@iganagueye) on Jul 30, 2019 at 1:40am PDT

Gueye is the sixth signing to join Thomas Tuchel’s side this summer, after Ander Herrera, Pablo Sarabia, Marcin Bulka, Mitchel Bakker, and Abdou Diallo.

His PSG teammates are already in China preparing to take on Rennes for the French Super Cup at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre on Saturday.