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Menez experiment ends at Club America

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After one and a half seasons at Mexican giant Club America, the Jeremy Menez experiment has come to an expected conclusion.

Both Club America and Menez on his social media account confirmed the announce, mutually agreeing to terminate the Frenchman’s contract. In a post on his Instagram account in both Spanish and French, Menez didn’t seem to hold any hard feeling over the way his situation worked out, thanking the fans, the clubs and his teammates in Mexico City.

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It’s unclear whether Menez will remain in Mexico, the Americas, or return to Europe, though the timing of his move allows him to move to a European club just before the transfer deadline.

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Anuncio mi salida del club después de 2 temporadas muy gratificantes para mí. Quería agradecer a los fanáticos por la increíble bienvenida que me dieron. Me gustaría agradecer al club por su dedicación y habilidades y a todos mis compañeros con los que jugué. Nunca te olvidaré Vamos America somos aguillas 🦅🦅🦅🦅 ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Je vous annonce mon départ du club après 2 saisons très enrichissantes pour moi. Je tenais à remercier les supporters de l’accueil incroyable que vous m avez fait. Je te tiens à remercier les gens du club pour leur dévouement et leurs compétences ainsi que tous mes partenaires avec lesquels j ai joué. Je vous oublierai jamais. Vamos America somos aguillas 🦅🦅🦅🦅❤️❤️❤️❤️ #mnz

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Menez arrived at Club America with much fanfare in January 2018, with Club America hoping he could be a carbon copy of fellow Frenchman Andre-Pierre Gignac at Tigres. Gignac has gone on to lead Tigres to four Liga MX titles and three Campeones Cup trophies, along with becoming Tigres’ all-time leading scorer.

Menez, on the other hand, had a decent start at America in the 2018 Clausura tournament, but was completely out of the picture last season. He had multiple injuries and operations on his left leg, and manager Miguel “El Piojo” Herrera had some veiled criticism for Menez, stating that Menez wasn’t training hard enough when healthy and wasn’t bringing the right attitude to training.

After playing just 3 times over the course of last season for the first team, Menez had surprisingly been re-incorporated, both for America’s preseason friendly matches in the U.S. as well as their Leagues Cup participation.

However, since coming off the bench in the 2019 Apertura opener on July 21, Menez has been with the reserves and it seemed he had no chance of winning over Herrera moving forward.

It still remains to be seen whether European stars towards the end of their prime can succeed coming to Mexico like they can coming to MLS. Vincent Janssen, who is still just 25-years-old, moved to Monterrey in late July and is finally seeing the pitch off the bench. Janssen scored his first league goal last Saturday in Monterrey’s 2-1 defeat to Santos Laguna.

Menez loses part of right ear in 1st game for Bordeaux

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BORDEAUX, France (AP) Bordeaux striker Jeremy Menez has undergone surgery after losing part of the top of his right ear in his first match for the club.

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The former French international, who joined Bordeaux this summer from AC Milan, was helped off the pitch in the 77th minute of the pre-season friendly match against Lorient on Wednesday. After a clash in the air, Lorient midfielder Didier Ndong’s left foot accidentally made contact with Menez’s ear while he was on the ground.

Ndong apologized for the injury, saying it was “absolutely unintentional.”

“I’m giving (Menez) my full support over the next few days and hopefully I will see him back soon (playing),” Ndong said in a statement posted on Lorient’s website.

Bordeaux, which won the match 3-1, said no date had been set for the 29-year-old Menez’s return. The club’s first league game is on Aug. 13 against Saint-Etienne.

Menez last played for France in 2013 and has 24 caps. He signed a three-year deal with Bordeaux after two seasons in Serie A. He scored 18 goals in 43 league matches for Milan.


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AC Milan offloads French international Jeremy Menez to Bordeaux

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Jeremy Menez is headed back to his home country after bringing an end to his two-year spell at AC Milan.

He completed a move to Bordeaux on Sunday, the fourth Ligue 1 club he will play for in his career. Menez formerly came up into the professional ranks with Sochaux while the club was still in the top flight, moved to Monaco for two years, and he spent three seasons with Paris Saint-Germain – winning a pair of Ligue 1 titles – just prior to his move to Milan.

Menez had a solid first season at the San Siro during the 2014/15 campaign, scoring 16 goals in 33 Serie A appearances. However, the 29-year-old struggled mightily with back and hip injuries last season, missing the entire first half of the year and seeing the field just 10 times, only twice in the starting lineup.

The owner of 24 caps for the French national team, Menez has not made the international squad since 2013, and a move back home could boost his chances of a return.

Liverpool was reportedly interested in snatching up Menez last summer, but no deal happened likely due to his injury, and while they reportedly remained interested into the winter transfer window, nothing materialized.

The move to Bordeaux is subject to the completion of a medical.

La Liga & Serie A roundup: Real Madrid lose; AC Milan give up late, late lead

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A roundup of Saturday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights:

Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Real Madrid

With the latest installment of El Clasico just two weeks away, there’s a decent-to-good chance Barcelona will hold a one-point lead on Real Madrid in the La Liga title race when the two sides tangle at the Camp Nou, following Real’s latest slip-up on Saturday, a 1-0 defeat away to Athletic Bilbao. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS

Deportivo La Coruna 3-4 Sevilla

The fact that Sevilla found the back of the net four times, and not a single tally came from talisman Carlos Bacca, is the most surprising thing about Sevilla’s high-scoring shootout away to Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.

Oriol Riera put the hosts ahead just before the half-hour mark, but Vitolo equalized for Sevilla five minutes later. Vitolo doubled the his tally and the lead in the 52nd minute and Kevin Gameiro added another from the penalty spot in the 65th minute, to put Sevilla 3-1 ahead. Riera bagged a second of his own with 20 minutes to play, but Deportivo defender Sidnei’s own goal in the 83rd minute proved to be the game-winning goal, despite Lucas Perez pulling one back in the third minute of second-half stoppage time.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Elche 1-0 Almeria
Granada 1-0 Malaga

Sunday’s La Liga schedule

Barcelona vs. Rayo Vallecano (7 am ET)
Real Sociedad vs. Espanylo (12 pm ET)
Villarreal vs. Celta Vigo (2 pm ET)
Atletico Madrid vs. Valencia (4 pm ET)


AC Milan 2-2 Verona

Milan, you are the gift that keeps on giving. The Rossoneri‘s struggles have been well-documented this year, and just when it looked like they had navigated a fairly routine 2-1 victory over Verona on Saturday, there was our old friend, bad Milan, to concede a 95th-minute goal to draw 2-2 with the 13th-placed team in Serie A.

Luca Toni — remember him? He’s 37 now — converted from the penalty spot to put the visitors ahead after 18 minutes. Jeremey Menez converted a spot-kick of his own just before halftime to draw Milan level. Panagiotis Tachtsidis scored an own goal two minutes into the second half to push Milan ahead, and they weren’t even going to have to win the game for themselves. It had been done for them, all they had to do was not screw it up.

Then, with seconds of stoppage time to be played, Nico Lopez raced by the entire Milan defense, waltzed into the penalty area and fired past Diego Lopez. With the draw, their third in four league games, Milan move one point past Palermo, who play Sunday, into 10th.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Sampdoria 2-0 Cagliari

Sunday’s Serie A schedule

Cesena vs. Palermo (7:30 am ET)
Chievo vs. Roma (10 am ET)
Udinese vs. Torino (10 am ET)
Parma vs. Atalanta (10 am ET)
Empoli vs. Genoa (10 am ET)
Napoli vs. Inter Milan (3:45 pm ET)

La Liga & Serie A roundup: Real Madrid back on track; AC Milan squander points again

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A roundup of Saturday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights:

Real Madrid 3-0 Espanyol

For 24 hours, Real Madrid are back level on games played and four points ahead of both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, who play each other on Sunday (3 pm ET), atop the La Liga standings. Cristiano Ronaldo shared the goals exceedingly nicely with his teammates in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Espanyol.

James Rodriguez (6th La Liga goal of the 2014-15 season) and Gareth Bale (8th goal, 2014-15) put the game out of reach early as they netted goals in the 12th and 28th minutes, respectively, before Nacho Fernandez scored his first league goal of the season to complete the scoring.

Celta Vigo 1-1 Valencia

Valencia’s Champions League quest took a bit of a hit on Saturday as Los Che (35 points) gave up a second-half lead away to Celta Vigo and dropped two points which would have seen Nuno Espirito Santo’s side go four points clear of Sevilla (33), who now have two games in hand, in the race for fourth.

Rodrigo put Valencia ahead with a low, powerful effort from 22 yards out which slipped underneath the goalkeeper after 43 minutes, but Fabian Orellana equalized for Os Célticos just past the hour mark and the 1-1 scoreline held despite the hosts’ greatest efforts otherwise.

Malaga 1-1 Villarreal

Villarreal (32 points) were unable to capitalize on Valencia’s in their own chase for Champions League qualification. Likewise, El Submarino Amarillo were a goal ahead away from home, only to concede the equalizer on the hour mark and drop two points in a game in which they out-possessed their opponents but failed to create more than a couple clear goalscoring opportunities.

Jonathan dos Santos, younger brother of teammate Giovani, put Villarreal up 1-0 with an extremely tight-angled finish during first-half stoppage time, but Nordin Amrabat lifted the ball over an onrushing Sergio Asenjo well outside the 18-yard box and found the back of the net to keep Malaga (31) alive in their own quest for European qualification.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Eibar 2-1 Getafe

Sunday’s La Liga schedule

Almeria vs. Sevilla (6 am ET)
Athletic Bilbao vs. Elche (11 am ET)
Granada vs. Real Sociedad (1 pm ET)
Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid (3 pm ET)


 

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Torino 1-1 AC Milan

Jeremy Menez’s strong season for AC Milan continued on Saturday as the Frenchman netted his ninth Serie A goal of the season, a third-minute penalty to give the Rossoneri a dream start. The game’s next big moments would come in the 30th and 45th minutes as Milan defender Mattia De Sciglio picked up a pair of first-half yellow cards and left his team a man down for the entirety of the second half.

Milan soaked up the pressure well for 35 minutes, holding dearly onto their slim 1-0 lead before Kamil Glik finally broke through and gave Torino a deserved equalizing goal in the 81st minute. The Polish defender rose above everyone else to put his head on Bruno Peres corner kick. Milan (26 points) currently occupy Serie A’s seventh-place spot, while Torino (19) are seven points clear of the relegation zone in 13th.

Sassuolo 1-1 Udinese

A place in Serie A’s top half was on the line as Sassuolo (24 points, 10th) hosted Udinese (23, 11th) on Saturday. Goals from Sassuolo’s Simone Zaza (15h minute) and Udinese’s Cyril Thereau (26th) canceled each other out and saw the sides end the day in the exact same place they started.

Sunday’s Serie A schedule

Inter Milan vs. Genoa (6:30 am ET)
Roma vs. Lazio (9 am ET)
Sampdoria vs. Empoli (9 am ET)
Atalanta vs. Chievo (9 am ET)
Cagliari vs. Cesena (9 am ET)
Fiorentina vs. Palermo (9 am ET)
Hellas Verona vs. Parma (9 am ET)
Napoli vs. Juventus (2:45 pm ET)