Thomas Meunier has criticised the party culture in place at former club PSG, branded it “outrageous” amid complaints from the defender over his exit.
The 28-year-old swapped life in Paris for a switch to Borussia Dortmund after his contract expired in June.
Meunier had been a key figure in the PSG dressing room over the past four years, but took a swipe at the likes of his old teammates Neymar and co., who have been known to be good at letting their hair down away from the pitch.
“Nothing but birthday parties – incredible,” he said in an interview with Belgian broadcaster RTBF, which was translated by DW.
“When I was at Bruges, we’d celebrate birthdays by playing darts or pool in a bar, but here [PSG] it’s just outrageous.
“But that just reflects the club: hire a palace, hire a building, parties with hundreds of people.
“That’s when you see that they’re more than footballers; they’re stars.
“I always had a good time but it was all a bit extravagant and ‘did you see me?’ But that’s part of it, part of the game.”
Neymar in particular bears the brunt of the stick aimed at PSG’s stars for their off-field antics.
The Brazilian international has missed a match for PSG in the week of his birthday for the past three seasons running.
When asked about his forward back in February after Neymar threw a lavish bash and partied with a rib injury, boss Thomas Tuchel begrudgingly conceded it was something he was forced to accept.
“It is a shame because we are giving people the chance to speak badly of us,” Tuchel said. “We need to adapt to the situation but I am not going to leave a player on the bench or at home because they went out and celebrated.”
Few can argue with the culture though if it’s producing results, with PSG looking to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League this week.
Sadly for Meunier he was not able to extend his contract to allow him to take part before completing his Dortmund transfer; something he says was out of his hands.
“I would have liked to have played,” he said. “I was with my agent in Dortmund and I was almost on my knees begging for permission to let me end the season in the Champions League with PSG.”
PSG’s sporting director Leonardo rejected his pleas, and Meunier added: “I simply had to pack my bags and I received a letter from the club’s lawyer which said I was no longer welcome and could no longer come to training, not even in my final week. I found that unbelievable.”
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