French winger Jeremy Menez has completed his free transfer from Paris St Germain to A.C Milan, putting pen to paper on a three-year deal.
Menez originally burst onto the scene in Serie A at A.S Roma before moving to PSG in 2011, making 108 appearances and scoring 11 goals.
AC Milan had this to say on their club website about the arrival of Menez: “AC Milan would like to communicate that Jeremy Menez has signed a contract that ties him to the club until June 30th 2017.”
Menez seemed to be in an upbeat mood when drawn into discussion about his arrival at A.C Milan: “My priority is Milan. We must get back in the top three of the Italian league and also to try to win the Serie A title. To supporters I assure you I'll give everything on the pitch.”
French international Menez began his career in the youth teams of French club Sochaux, eventually making his début in the 2004-2005 season.
Stellar displays coupled with Sochaux’s struggles in the league led to Menez departing to join fellow French club Monaco in 2006. Further impressive displays led to another move in 2008 to Italian club Roma, where he managed to attract the ire of both players and managers Claudio Ranieri, as well as successor Vincent Montella for his abject displays.
It was 2011 when Paris St Germain rescued him from his Italian hell, where he returned to producing strong displays among PSG’s established stars.
Despite his successes with PSG on the domestic front last season, as well as appearing in the Champions League,
Menez failed to make the France squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, despite having 24 caps and 2 goals to his name, and being in the Euro 2012 squad.
The 27-year-old will be playing for a Milan side managed by managerial rookie Filipo Inzaghi, who left his role as Rossoneri U19 boss to take up this role. I
nzaghi took over from fellow managerial rookie and ex-Milan team mate Clarence Seedorf, who was jettisoned from his role as Milan boss after leading the club to an 8th place finish in Serie A.
Menez had this to say on working with the ex-Italy striker: “Mr Inzaghi is in charge for next season and he has a big will to win with Milan. He already won a lot as player and he wants to win also as a coach.”
It seems highly likely that PSG have allowed Menez to go with the wage bill in mind. Despite being among one of the richest clubs on the planet, PSG have already been subject to UEFA’s strict Financial Fair Play rules, as well as signing Brazil defender David Luiz from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £48m, a record fee for a defender.
With players such as Eden Hazard on PSG manager Laurent Blanc’s wish list as well as numerous players deemed surplus to requirements, it is set to be a busy summer for Blanc and PSG.
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