“It’s a pleasure to be here. I’ve had a good chat with my family, the coach, Vadim Vasilyev and Michael Emenalo before signing for AS Monaco. Coming here is the best decision for my present and my future. I come here humbly, to work hard. I hope we will do great things.
I followed Ligue 1 before. It’s one of the best championships in Europe. I already played here at the Stade Louis II stadium for the European Super Cup. Football is football, wherever you play it’s the same. The most important thing is to be efficient.
No challenge is scary. I am open, I like to adapt to every situation. The most important thing is that I play well, that I am professional. “
“I’ve known the coach since I was 16, we played together at Arsenal. He helped me a lot early in my career. He’s one of the best players I’ve played with. I want to help him and the club. It’s a good challenge. It was a good start against OM. It’s progress.
I spent 13 years in England. I played in two top clubs. I won everything there. Sometimes I feel more English than Spanish. It was a fantastic experience for me. I was moved to leave but it was the perfect time for me to leave after 500 English games played.
The coach clearly told me what he wanted from me. Thierry Henry is a winner, he always wants to win. He is a young coach but we are in very good hands. No doubt about it. “
“It’s a new challenge for me. I thank AS Monaco for welcoming me to this great club, and I’m sure that the second half will be more positive and we’ll be able to bring AS Monaco up the table. That’s what it deserves. There have been arrivals to make it happen, good recruitment.
Ligue 1 is a good championship, there is intensity. We made a match of great quality against Marseille last Sunday. We could have won, just like them. The most important thing is to train well, gain confidence and everything will be fine. “
“I thank LOSC for putting their trust in me, but now I’m at AS Monaco, a great European club that makes young players progress, and I like this project.
I was a little tired after the hour I played against OM. My last match was in December. Now it’s better. This morning I trained well, we work well. I am ready for Strasbourg. “
“We had a good discussion with the Vice President. I made an effort to come in. The most important thing for me was to come back to France, play and evolve for AS Monaco, a big club that has great ambitions.
I’m injured right now but I’ll be back soon. I have the confidence of everyone despite my injury. It remains for me to return as soon as possible and give everything on the field. “