In an extended interview with France Football, AC Milan attacker Jeremy Menez has hit back at critics of his time at PSG and some of his former teammates there including Lucas Moura.
He had the following to say:
“To properly judge my time at PSG, I would like you to look at my overall record, where we stop only at my final season, where I had a back operation. My first two seasons were quickly forgotten, but there were far from being bad! I was often decisive. In all competitions, I must have scored about twenty goals and thirty assists. A lot of people have forgotten about that. You must look at the numbers and the statistics…”
“PSG bought me for €8m from AS Roma in the summer of 2011. I did well in the first two seasons, less in the last one, but I was still decisive. Statistically, I am ahead of quite a few (PSG) players. I also marked the club’s history with my goal against Lyon which confirmed the Ligue 1 title in 2013. Compared with certain others, if we look at price-quality statistics, I wasn’t bad no? Lucas, he has been there for two years, and he has scored 3 goals. But he cost €40m more. And he is Brazilian…”
“Today, it is perhaps better to be a foreigner at PSG… Me, I am French and a Parisian. I don’t have Twitter, or Instagram where I can send messages or pretty photos. I do not make films for social networks. I do not say: “Long live Paris! Long live Paris!” in order to make myself liked. I am not like that. But that does not mean that I do not love my club, far from it. Simply, I’m not fake! A lot of players publicise themselves like that in order to be appreciate. I needed to find football again, to feel good. I need to measure myself against an even competition.”