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With the benefit of hindsight, Pape Gueye’s decision to choose Marseille over Watford looks a good one.

In early summer the Hornets snapped up a highly rated midfielder from Strasbourg – or so they thought.

Gueye argued, via L’Equipe, he wasn’t a Watford player yet, at least not officially, before performing a U-turn that would make a politician blush.

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And, after forcing through a move to Marseille instead, the France youth star is now playing in the Champions League rather than the Championship – even if L’OM’s record-breaking streak of 13 successive UCL defeats has taken the shine off things.

But Watford weren’t the only club on the other side of the Channel left disappointed by Gueye’s desire to seal a switch to the south of France.

Jeunes Footeaux reported Arsenal were close to an agreement earlier this year, with soon-to-be Premier League champions Liverpool linked a few weeks later, via The Express.

And while Gueye has yet to establish himself at the heart of Marseille’s midfield, starting just four games so far, L’OM coach Andre Villas-Boas is thrilled to have the all-action 21-year-old at his disposal (Le10 Sport).

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“He is an extraordinary player. I have great confidence in him for the future,” says ‘AVB’, who believes Gueye could replace star midfielder Boubacar Kamara at the Stade Velodrome one day.

“If ever there are big European clubs that position themselves for Bouba – that can open the door to Pape. I trust him. He is extraordinary in training.”

If Gueye continues to develop in Ligue 1, perhaps it will be he, rather than Kamara, who attracts interest from Europe’s big hitters in 2021.


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