Gueye reveals reasons behind PSG summer switch

Paris Saint Germain

PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye says the chance to play in the Champions League again played a huge part in his move from Everton this summer.

Having failed in a January attempt to sign Gueye, Paris Saint-Germain managed to sign the Senegal international from Premier League outfit Everton in the previous window for a fee believed to be worth around £30million.

During his time at Goodison Park, the 29-year-old became a firm fans’ favourite, having joined from Aston Villa in August 2016, and his departure was a big blow for manager Marco Silva.

Moving to the French capital means the midfielder will be making a return to the Champions League, having played in the coveted competition during his five-year spell at Lille from 2010-2015.

Speaking about his decision to leave Merseyside for Paris, Gueye revealed the opportunity to play on the biggest European stage was too hard to turn down as it is the “dream of every player” to play in the tournament.

“It’s one of the reasons I came here [to play in the Champions League]. It’s the dream of every player to play in that competition,” he told the club website. “It’s simply the biggest club competition there is. It’ll be a great game.

“We have to try and enjoy it, but, above all, make our fans happy and give our maximum to try and win the match.”

PSG, who are top of Ligue 1 after four games, return to action on Saturday when they play host to Strasbourg.