Jeremy Menez officially completed his move from Paris Saint-Germain to AC Milan by signing a three-year contract to keep him with the Rossoneri through the 2016-17 campaign.
AC Milan made the announcement:
Jeremy Menez is a red&black player: he signed a contract until June 30, 2017. Welcome Jeremy! #weareacmilan— AC Milan (@acmilan) June 14, 2014
The 27-year-old winger spent the past three seasons with the Parisians. He appeared in 79 matches in Ligue 1 play and scored 14 goals. His role diminished this past season, however, as nine of his 16 appearances came off the bench.
Given his lack of involvement it didn't come as a surprise that PSG decided to let his contract expire. He will therefore join Milan on a free transfer. His exact role probably won't be decided until the dust settles after the summer transfer window.
Kris Voakes of Goal passed along comments from the French international about why he decided on Milan despite their struggles in Serie A this past season:
I chose Milan because they are still Milan. They may have gone through some trouble last year, but we hope to become great again and win something important. You can see that Inzaghi is already recharging for next season and he really wants to win. He has already won so much as a player, and he wants to win as a coach too.
101 Great Goals notes Menez becomes the first official signing for manager Filippo Inzaghi:
After a couple solid campaigns with PSG and Roma before that, the winger struggled to showcase top form during his limited playing time last season. Milan are betting that he'll return to that previous level of play with a more involved role.
Will Menez return to form with AC Milan?
At his best, Menez is definitely capable of providing a boost to the Rossoneri attack. The side scored just 57 goals last season, which was 23 off the pace set by champions Juventus. Milan finished with only a plus-eight goal differential.
Furthermore, signing him on a free transfer eliminates most of the risk normally associated with signings. And he has experience with big clubs, so the transition should be smooth. It just comes down to carving out a niche for himself.
Menez alone isn't enough to turn things around for Milan. He's just another step in the right direction.