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Why Pape Gueye Snubbed Top Clubs for a Move to Villarreal

Pape Gueye of Marseille during the French championship Ligue 1 football match between Stade de Reims and Olympique de Marseille on May 15, 2024 at Auguste Delaune stadium in Reims, France
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Senegalese midfielder Pape Gueye is set to join Villarreal on a four-year contract. Gueye leaves Olympique de Marseille (OM) as a free agent despite interest from Lyon, Monaco, and Rennes. Gueye has chosen Villarreal, where he will wear the number 6 jersey.

  • Pape Gueye leaves Olympique de Marseille as a free agent.
  • He attracted interest from Lyon, Monaco, and Rennes.
  • Gueye will join Villarreal on a four-year contract and wear the number 6 jersey.

Overview

Senegalese midfielder Pape Gueye is set to join Villarreal on a four-year contract. This move comes after Gueye decided to leave Olympique de Marseille (OM) as a free agent. Despite interest from several other clubs, including Lyon, Monaco, and Rennes, Gueye chose Villarreal as his next destination.


Player Profile: Pape Gueye

Pape Alassane Gueye, born on January 24, 1999, is a Senegalese midfielder known for his physical presence and ability to break up play. Standing at 1.87 meters (6 ft 2 in), Gueye has made a significant impact in his previous clubs.

  • Full Name: Pape Alassane Gueye
  • Date of Birth: January 24, 1999
  • Nationality: Senegalese
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Height: 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)

Career Statistics

  • Olympique de Marseille (OM):
    • Appearances: 84
    • Goals: 2
    • Assists: 5
    • Seasons: 2020-2024
  • Loan to Sevilla (2022-2023):
    • Appearances: 16
    • Goals: 1
    • Assists: 3

Previous Transfers

  • From Le Havre to Olympique de Marseille (2020):
    • Transfer Fee: €3 million
  • Loan to Sevilla (2022-2023):
    • Loan Fee: Undisclosed

Transfer to Villarreal

  • Contract Length: 4 years
  • Transfer Fee: Free transfer (Gueye was out of contract)
  • Jersey Number: 6
  • Interest from Other Clubs: Gueye had attracted interest from several Ligue 1 clubs, including Lyon, Monaco, and Rennes. However, he was determined not to play for any other Ligue 1 club apart from OM.
  • Strategic Move for Villarreal: Villarreal sees Gueye as a strategic addition to strengthen their midfield. His physical presence and ability to break up play are expected to be valuable assets for the team.
  • Farewell to Marseille: Gueye bid farewell to OM, where he had spent four seasons, becoming a key player in their midfield.

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