Everton midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye says he owes Everton more respect than to down tools, even if his heart is set on a move to Paris St Germain.
The former Aston Villa man made comments that, had they been made by Romelu Lukaku during his time at Everton, would have drawn widespread criticism, but he was quick to qualify his statement that he wants to play for PSG.
He was asked in L’Equipe, cited by Tribal Football, why he didn’t push harder for a move in the summer, and his response will keep Everton fans happy with him until the end of the season.
“I have a lot of respect for Everton,” he said.
“I respect this jersey. It’s Everton that has allowed me to grow and show myself like that. Even at the heart of the contacts, I remained a pro. I played my matches.
“I did not go on strike. Its not my style. Now, even if there is still some disappointment, I will continue to give everything for Everton.”
If Gueye does move in the summer then Everton will have a tough job replacing him at the heart of an already shakey midfield.