PARIS – Senegal and new Paris St. Germain midfielder Idrissa Gueye says he expects challenging times in the French Ligue1 as he looks to play regular football.
The Lions of Teranga international recently joined the French champions from Everton in the English Premier League and accepts that there are no guarantees to force his way into the first team at his new club.
“As in all major teams, there is this aspect of competition. It’s up to the coach to make the final choices for his team,” Gueye told TFM.
“After that, like any player, I want to play. Now at my level, I will continue to work to help the team. Afterwards, it’s up to the coach to make the final choices for his team.”
The 29-year-old West African star completed his switch to PSG at the end of last month, with PSG paying a sum of £30million for his services.
Although he was a regular feature for the Toffees and is a cornerstone of coach Aliou Cisse’s side, he faces some stiff competition in his central midfield position at the Parc des Princes.
Gueye was instrumental for the Senegalese side when they reached the final of the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt in July.
In addition, it is reported that new signings such as Ander Herrera, Marco Verratti and Leandro Paredes are capable of playing in the same central defensive midfield role as Gueye, meaning the African player is by no means certain of being a starter under head coach Thomas Tuchel.
Gueye will hope to be in the starting eleven when PSG face Lille OSC on Sunday away from home in their French Ligue1 encounter.
Meanwhile, Gueye has also featured for top European clubs such as Lille and Aston Villa in his senior club football career.