MAGAYE Gueye had no qualms about cancelling his Everton contract.
And he is thrilled Millwall manager Ian Holloway snapped him up on a free transfer – even though he walked away from the final 12 months of his deal at Goodison Park.
"Money is not my problem right now. My problem is not playing," Gueye said.
Despite initially impressing under manager David Moyes, the 24-year-old admits he never felt comfortable at Everton.
He struggled with the language barrier and was dogged by issues in his personal life.
And his progress was stunted further by an injury during the tenure of Roberto Martinez, who played Gueye just once – for nine minutes against Stevenage in the FA Cup.
"I played quite well in my first season at Everton but after that it was very difficult for me because of the language and my understanding of English," Gueye explained.
"It made it hard for me to be in England and that affected my football a lot. But I'm 24 now, I'm more mature and I've learned a lot.
"I was young – only 19 – when I went to Everton and the squad was already settled.
"Moyes played the same team every week so it was very difficult for me as a young player to find a place, but I did play well when I got my chance.
"It's hard to change a team when the team is playing well and that made it hard.
"After we changed manager, it was even more difficult for me because new players came in and I was injured for a long time.
"I wasn't ready to play for Martinez, to be fair. I was injured, I wasn't fit, I hadn't played in a long time and the team was playing very well without me.
"I can't make any excuses about my time at Everton. I signed a five-year contract there and I had one year left but I wanted to leave because I need to play.
"I need to show people what I can do on the pitch.
"When you have some issues outside of football it's very hard to be focused on what you do.
"Things are getting fixed now so everything is set up for me to do well and concentrate."
But where Gueye will play remains to be seen.
He became known as a winger at Everton but prefers playing up front.
He said: "I'm not a winger at all – people get confused and it kills me!
"I'm left-footed and when I went to Everton, I remember Moyes said to me, ‘you have a wonderful left foot, I want you to cross the ball to Tim Cahill all the time’.
"So that's what I did.
"But I'm not a left winger – normally I'm a second striker, playing just behind the main striker. But I'm good at crossing so Everton put me on the left and the right.
"The manager here knows about this but I'm a creative player and football is all about being on the pitch – positions and squad numbers are not as important for me.
"It doesn’t matter where I play because I know I can create chances wherever I am."