Pape Gueye, the Olympique de Marseille midfielder, is preparing to face Sunday (3 p.m.) Stade Rennais, where Steve Mandanda, the most capped player in the history of OM (613 matches) plays. The Senegalese player is eager to reunite with his former captain, whom he quickly befriended.
“With Steve, we often exchange, on our social networks or by telephonesays Gueye. I also congratulated him recently for his decisive pass (against Auxerre on September 11 for the 11th day of Ligue 1). I am very close to him, he helped me a lot when I arrived. Steve, it’s Steve. We know everything he has done for the club, the love he had and still has for this club so I know…, I hope but I know that the supporters will welcome him as it should be at home. »
“Steve spoke to me a lot. In Le Havre, I played with a person close to him, his family, he continues. We have a lot of common acquaintances, he was in Le Havre and he left young, around the same age as me, so he knows what it’s like to arrive at a club like Olympique de Marseille (Mandanda was trained in Le Havre and wore the colors of HAC then in Ligue 2 between 2004 and 2007, before joining OM at the age of 22 in August 2007, first on loan before being transferred there. the following summer). What you can see on TV, how he is Steve, that’s really it, he’s adorable. For me, he’s a big brother. He always protected me, he always helped me, especially with Dimitri (Payet).
“Steve told me that if I scored against him, he was going to kill me! »
Honestly, I’m very happy with what he’s doing. (reindeer). Afterwards, we were all disappointed, I was not the only one to be disappointed by his departure, but it was a personal choice. But I’m very happy to see him again. It’s going to feel a bit weird to play against him. He told me that since I didn’t score many goals, if I scored against him he was going to kill me (laughs!). I hope we will have a good game and I hope that if I play I will score against him! In any case, we will give everything to win this match. […] A football match is still a football match, if I go past Steve, I’m not going to pass the ball to him, if I can score I’ll score, we’ll go after. »