Magaye Gueye has stated his intention to break into the Everton first team on a consistent basis next season, starting with the opener against Tottenham.

Gueye told Everton´s official website: “Next season hopefully I can play more games. I think this first year was more about settling in and learning about English football.

“I think I have already got better in my time here. I have got more used to the style of play as it is different from France where the football is not as physical. That is the biggest difference I have had to get used to.

“My objective is to come back and have a really good pre-season, get really fit and strong, impress the manager and get into the team for the first game [against Tottenham]. I need to get a bit stronger, keep working hard and believe in myself.

“If I am on the pitch then I am happy.

“I like it at Everton and I am here for five years. My aim is to play more games now and improve as a player in the English league.”

“I can play on the left or on the right and up front – that is not a problem,” he said.

“But my favourite position is probably just behind the striker.

“There you get freedom to play all over the pitch. You can score goals and help the team but also be creative as well. It is also where Zidane played and he is my hero, so I always liked the position.”

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