Idrissa Gana Gueye has rejoined Everton in a £8m transfer from PSG.
Gueye first played for Everton between 2016-19 during which he scored four goals in 108 appearances following his switch from Aston Villa, who had been relegated at end of 2015-16 season.
The now 32 year-old midfielder then joined PSG in late July 2019 but where he became a key part of their squad, helping the French club win two Ligue 1 and Coupe de France titles plus Coupe de la Ligue and Trophee des Champions honours across three seasons.
Gueye also managed to score seven goals in 111 appearances across his three seasons at the club but has now opted to re-join Everton on a two-year contract until June 2024.
Speaking to evertontv about his decision to return to Goodison Park, Gueye said: “There is no better feeling than coming back home. I am very happy to be here at Everton again, to help and to work hard. I’ll give my soul to this team.
“Coming back here was important to me because I feel like I’m in my home. I’ve followed the team every week and watched how they play. For me, there is no better place than Everton, so that’s why I chose to come back here.”
The 94-cap Senegal international also noted the “great atmosphere” and “family” feel of Goodison Park as a huge reason of his decision to return, having supported the club even whilst playing for PSG and kept contact with various of his former Everton teammates.
In fact, he iterated to PSG that he only wanted to leave the club for Everton as he added: “For me, it’s special. I told PSG if I am going to leave it will be for one team — and that was Everton.
“It was not a difficult decision for me because I love this club. That’s why I had to come home. It’s a pleasure for me to be back and hopefully we will have a good season because we have to go and try to achieve our goals.”
Manager, Frank Lampard is “delighted” to welcome Gueye back to Goodison Park as he revealed that he was “eager to strengthen” his midfield quality, with Gueye known for his energetic ball-winning attributes and press.
Lampard also acknowledged Gueye’s experience at the top-level of football as he added: ” Idrissa has played at the highest level of football.
“Evertonians know all about his tireless work rate and the value he brings to a team, and we are looking forward to him bringing all of that now he’s back at the Club.”
Gueye could make his second debut for the club on Saturday 3 September as Everton host Liverpool at Goodison Park in the Merseyside derby live on BT Sport in a 12:30pm BST kick-off.