Misunderstood PSG winger Menez sets sights on return to Italy

PSG winger Jeremy Menez spent three seasons with Roma.

France winger Jeremy Menez believes he is "a little misunderstood" at Paris St Germain and appears to have set his sights on a move to Italy when his contract with the Ligue 1 champions expires in the summer.

The 26-year-old has made just nine starts in all competitions for Laurent Blanc’s side this term, and will depart the Parc des Princes at the end of the season.

"I had back surgery last summer and, when I was fit again, the coach made his choice," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"(Former coach Carlo) Ancelotti was closer to his players – you felt important with him. Laurent Blanc has a different way of managing. I am a little misunderstood at PSG."

Menez, who spent three years with Roma before moving to the French capital in 2011, indicated he would be in favour of returning to Italy.

"I had a great time in Rome," he said. "I already speak the language. I know Serie A, I know everything about it. The adaptation would be easy.

"I am looking for a team that would make me rediscover the pleasure of playing football.

"As for my character, I’ve changed. The rebellious image is a thing of the past. I am 26 years old and have a family which makes me calm. I’m more mature, and I can prove it on the field."

The former Sochaux and Monaco man, who was linked with a transfer to Serie A champions Juventus in January before vowing to see out his PSG deal, added: "Juve is a team that I really like – one of the best in Europe.

"It has a quality workforce, consisting solely of champions – including in my position. But competition does not scare me."