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Jeremy Menez open to Italy return

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Jeremy Menez has fallen out of favour at PSG.

Former Paris Saint-Germain captain Jeremy Menez has paved the way for a return to Serie A, possibly with Juventus.

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Having only started six matches for the French side this season, the midfielder has not renewed his contract which expires in June, leaving the door open for a return to Italy, where he previously played for Roma.

“Following my back operation in the summer, I returned to find that the coach had made other choices,” he said in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I am not scared of competition for places, it’s part of the job, but it has to be healthy -- and that was not always the case at PSG. Even when I was giving it my all, it was never enough.

“[Former PSG coach Carlo] Ancelotti is closer to the players, and makes you feel really important. [Laurent] Blanc manages the team in a completely different way.

“The years I spent at Roma were important. I speak the language, I know Serie A inside out and I follow it all the time. For me it would be really, really easy to settle in again. And Juventus showed plenty of interest in January.

“Juve are a club that I have always liked. They’re among the very best in Europe, destined to be a protagonist in the Champions League. Their squad is quality, full of champions -- even in my position, but as I said, I do not fear healthy competition for places.

“I am looking for a club that will allow me to express myself at my very best. Fiorentina have the director of sport [Daniele] Prade who was the one who brought me to Roma. Let’s see what happens in June.”

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