Menez: “Spalletti and Ranieri were like second fathers to me”.

John Solano

Former Roma and PSG attacker Jeremy Menez was interviewed in today’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport and reflected on his career – including his time in the Italian capital.

Tell us about your relationship with Spalletti and Ranieri.
Luciano was a wonderful person. Sometimes he scolded me, but he wanted to make me grow. Both he and Ranieri were like second fathers to me. They always looked out for me.

We were so close to the Scudetto in 2010, I still don’t understand how we lost to Samp. I didn’t win anything in Rome, but I experienced three years full of passion alongside great teammates such as Totti, who was like an older brother to me. On the pitch we understood each other with our eyes closed. The first months at the club I lived in his parents’ house, just like Cassano had done years before.

Do you still follow Serie A?
Yes especially Milan and Roma. Pastore is a friend, a pure talent. It’s too bad about the injuries he’s had, but when he’s healthy he’s like a guarantee. I also want to send a hug to Mihajlovic, he will come back stronger than before.

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