Jérémy, the supporters of AS Monaco FC elected you Top Player of January 2014. How do you feel?
"It's always important to have the support of the fans. People often say Monaco doesn't have any fans... But since I've been here, I've seen that's not the case. When you talk about supporters you have to take into account the spirit. Ours have a fantastic mentality. They are always right behind us and they always travel in big numbers and it's important to have them by our side. At home, the problem is more geographic than anything else... As for the Top Player award, I thank them, it's very satisfying. I always give my maximum. Sometimes it doesn't come off, but I try and I never give up. I think that's the very minimum they can expect from me."
Who would you have voted Top Player for January?
I think I probably would have voted forLayvin Kurzawa. He has been scoring regularly and he has got us out of trouble more than once, he's been very consistent... I'd heard he was a bit inconsistent, but he is proving the opposite at the moment and I think he has stepped up in class, especially defensively. He has to keep on working, because he's still a young player, but he's on the right track. He's not tough to be around. He's a little bit in his own little bubble, but not in a bad way and he has a strong character, but above all, he listens. Otherwise, I can't overlook Subasic, who would also deserve it for his performances in January, especially against Montpellier and Toulouse when he was outstanding when we weren't playing our best football."
Sticking with the theme, the followers of @ASMFC_MONACO voted you #ASM_MVP in the last match against Reims...
Like I said, it's always nice, but the most important thing is the standings and to stay on a winning dynamic. We have to keep doing what we've been doing all season and keep improving. In my opinion, that's the foundation because I'm one of those that believes when you're playing well you have a better chance of winning and finishing the season as high as possible. Sometimes you can win when you don't play well, like against Toulouse or Reims, but over the course of the season, you always end up getting what you deserve."
On Saturday, you have a big game against Saint-Etienne, where you could get an interesting welcome being an ex-Lyon player...
I don't think they will have forgotten the Lyon years on my CV, it should be fun (smiles)… It was never easy going to play in Saint-Etienne and I think it's even harder now than when I played for Lyon. Since Christophe Galtier took over this side, you can feel they keep progressing, they work hard, there's a philosophy behind it. Today, it wouldn't be an upset if they finished in the top three. Saturday will be intense, a very tough game for us, but we do this job to play in matches like this."
Against Reims, you scored your first goal in a Monaco shirt...
It had to happen sooner or later... I hadn't scored in Ligue 1 for so long... In France, especially at Lyon, I took a lot of shots that flew wide, but I also hit the woodwork a fair bit. I could have scored a lot more. I even hit the bar twice in the same game! Scoring is a special feeling, but I prefer, for example, what I felt when Layvin scored, because at the end of the day, the only thing that counts is winning. The joy I felt at scoring was more determination than anything else. We weren't playing well, we were struggling and I didn't really get the maximum out of it. Layvin's goal was the deliverance, the victory at the end of a combat and a lot richer in emotions than mine."