Date: 18th February 2019 at 7:00am
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With Paris Saint-Germain’s late chase for Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye ultimately failing as despite the sums offered, the club were unwilling to depart with him so late on during deadline day, plenty of fans will not be happy with a recent interview by the player.

L’Equipe reported on Friday that the 29-year-old has spoken of his disappointment at the deal not going through and how he hoped the French champions would ‘come back to me’ in the summer.

Whilst understandable from the players perspective maybe and in light of his transfer request, given Everton’s current form in the Premier League, this won’t go over well with the fans as it shows Gueye now really wants to move on and the questions that gives rise to are pretty obvious – what will we get from him for the remainder of the year?

Does he sulk or give his all so fans wish him the very best if/when a deal is done?

“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.”

If he does work ‘even more’ then we all partially win, but the next bad individual performance will leave plenty hanging on his words as they criticise.

I also wonder, given his other words in the interview, if the authorities will want to look at PSG’s behaviour and whether Everton have a possible complaint on that score.

“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.”

I can only read that one way, as did Sky, I don’t read ‘leaders’ as Everton, I see that as ‘agent’.