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Pape Gueye has offered an indication as to why he snubbed Liverpool and Arsenal for a move to Marseille, telling FootMercato that the chance to work with Andre Villas-Boas was at the centre of his decision.

One of the oddest and more contentious transfer sagas of the summer has come to an end – much to the chagrin of everyone at Vicarage Road.

Watford thought they had a deal for one of French football’s hottest young midfielders wrapped up, with the Premier League’s official website seemingly confirming that Gueye had sealed a move to Hertfordshire.

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But in a remarkable turn of events, Gueye backed out of an agreement before sealing a switch to Marseille instead; although Watford are not the only English outfit who have been left disappointed by the 21-year-old’s decision.

Liverpool were linked with another highly-rated youngster via the Express, while Jeunes Footeaux reported in March that Arsenal were close to agreeing a £5 million deal that would never come to fruition.

The chance to join a revitalised ‘AVB’ at one of France’s biggest clubs was simply too good to turn down.

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“With a coach like André Villas-Boas, I can progress a lot in certain areas. I don’t have too many fears. I know that I have to progress a lot,” Gueye explains after signing a contract until 2024 at the Ligue 1 runners-up.

“I chose OM because, quite simply, it’s already a big club. Everyone knows OM around the world. Any player dreams of playing OM one day.”

Finishing second in Ligue 1 under former Tottenham and Chelsea boss Villas-Boas, Marseille will be playing Champions League football for the first time since 2013/14 next season.

That is more than can be said for an Arsenal side who, once again, will miss out on a seat at Europe’s top table.

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