Jeremy Menez has admitted that his problems at Roma started with the departure of boss Claudio Ranieri.
The latter quit the Stadio Olimpico outfit just hours after the February 20 defeat at Genoa. He was replaced by Vincenzo Montella the day after.
"Everything was going fine until March when Ranieri left," Menez told France Football. "I was disappointed by his exit.
"When Ranieri arrived, there was a clear objective. We calmly spoke about it in his office. He told me what he expected and that was it.
"I worked hard and over the summer he told me that he wanted to rely on me. He helped me a lot and I repaid him on the pitch."
Menez started the campaign brightly, but he has struggled for form and a regular place in the side under new boss Montella.
"I am the kind of player who needs to know that he has the total faith of the Coach in order for me to give my best," added the Frenchman.
"That's why you are seeing the results that we all know about. It all started with Ranieri going, I don't want to add anything more."
The future of the former Monaco player is now in doubt, with a move perhaps likely given his contract situation.
"I still have another year on my agreement," he added. "Once the season is over I'll talk with the club to understand what they want to do with me."
Menez has been linked with a move to Juventus.
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