“He told me that if I scored against him, he was going to kill me!”joked OM midfielder Pape Gueye on Friday, who will find goalkeeper Steve Mandanda on Sunday, back at the Stade Vélodrome in the colors of Rennes.
“But we will do everything to win this game. I’m not going to pass him, if I can score I’ll score.”added the Senegalese at a press conference.
Mandanda left OM this summer after 15 years at the club, only interrupted by a one-season stint at Crystal Palace. Sunday, he will, for the first time, play at the Vélodrome as an opponent of OM.
“Steve is Steve! We all know what he did for this club and the love he had and still has for Marseille. I hope that the supporters will welcome him as it should, at his home, “ Gueye said.
“We were all disappointed with his departure but it’s a personal choice and I’m very happy to see him again”said the young midfielder again. “We talk to each other often. I congratulated him on his decisive pass (against Auxerre, editor’s note)”, he added.
“I am very close to him, he helped me a lot when I arrived. We have acquaintances in common, he played for Le Havre like me, he left young and he knows what OM is. He is adorable and for me he is a big brother. He always protected and helped me,” concluded Gueye.