Italian giants AC Milan continued to build their squad for next season on Wednesday afternoon, signing Paris Saint-Germain winger Jeremy Menez on a free transfer. The 27-year-old Frenchman returns to Italy after three seasons in Ligue 1, but he spent most of last season sitting on the Parisian bench. With both Liverpool and Arsenal showing interest the Milano club will be happy to have secured his signature.
As PSG continued to strengthen their squad with high profile names, Menez slipped down the pecking order. He signed from Roma in 2011 at the start of the Qatari-era and in his first season he was an exciting and vital part of the side. Finishing the season with 13 assists and seven goals, some of his goals, like the late equaliser against Montpellier in the Parc des Princes that kept them in the hunt for the title.
However, once PSG failed to win the Ligue 1 crown, more reinforcements were required. Ezequiel Lavezzi, Lucas Moura and Edinson Cavani all joined over two seasons and Menez’ time on the pitch was reduced further and further.
Disagreements with Laurent Blanc and injuries stopped him from getting a real chance to win his place back, and it was clear before the end of the season that this would be his last season in Paris.
Now at Milan, he joins team-mate Alex in Serie A and will hope to play as much as possible, regain his form and make a charge to try and win back his place in the French national side.
Menez was part of the squad that Laurent Blanc took to the 2012 European Championships; he scored the winning goal as France beat Ukraine 2-0 to advance out of the group stage. That will feel like a long-time ago for the player and new Milan boss Filippo Inzaghi will hope that Menez can use that to spark his resurgence back to his best.
One his day, Menez has the ability to beat players at ease; his direct style and bullish attitude make him a very dangerous player. Milan will be hoping that this is the player they see come the new season.