PSG bring in Matuidi, Menez, Bisevac
Matuidi began his career with Troyes and spent three years with the club before moving to Saint-Etienne in 2007. The 24-year-old, who made his senior international debut for France in September 2010 in a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Menez is also 24 and made his senior France debut a month before his new team-mate in a friendly with Norway. He began his career with Sochaux and spent two years with Monaco before moving to Serie A with Roma in 2008, where he made 82 appearances and scored seven goals.
The Paris club followed up these announcements with the signing of 27-year-old centre-back Milan Bisevac from Valenciennes, after he successfully underwent a medical late today. All three players have signed three-year contracts.
"The first element in our decision was the quality of Jeremy and Blaise," said PSG sporting director Leonardo at a press conference at Parc des Princes. "It's very important to have French internationals with us.
"Jeremy Menez had lots of offers and he chose PSG. Blaise confirmed his potential last season and he has character. They have the characteristics of Ludovic Giuly and Claude Makelele. It was important to continue the work that was started last season."
Menez appears to have been influenced by Blanc's remarks that he would prefer to see France players playing regularly in Ligue 1 than sitting on the bench at foreign clubs.
"It was very, very important and it was one of the factors in my choice," said Menez, a childhood PSG fan who hails from nearby Longjumeau, on his desire to play at EURO 2012. "I'm determined to work, to soak the shirt in sweat and show what I'm capable of doing."
He added: "PSG have to compete with the great teams in Europe. It's a re-birth. They want to build a great team, go far in the Champions League, and that's what I want to do as well. We're on the same wave-length."