Jimenez aims dig at Prem
Midfielder glad to be back in Italy
By Simone Bargellini. Last Updated: February 10, 2010 6:30pm
Jimenez: Premier League flop
Luis Jimenez has taken a swipe at the Premier League after an unsuccessful spell at West Ham.
The Inter Milan midfielder joined the Hammers on a season-long loan in the summer, but the Chilean international had his deal at Upton Park cut short on transfer deadline day as he joined Parma for the remainder of their campaign.
And Jimenez, who scored just once in 11 appearances for Gianfranco Zola's strugglers, admitted he was glad to be back in Serie A - a league he claims is more "complete" than its English counterpart.
"I want to thank FC Parma who brought me back in Italian league," the 25-year-old said after being unveiled to the Italian media.
"I hope to do very well - I don't promise anything, but I came here to do my best and give my contribution to this group, a team that has good players and an excellent staff.
"I'm sure we can make a good final (part of the) season. One of my privileges is to give quality to the game of Parma and I hope to showcase the qualities that led me to Inter."
Of the experience in England, Jimenez added: "Football there is a bit different from the Italian football, and after six months in England I would say that Italian football is much more complete.
"They play also at Christmas and on the 1st of New Year ... For me, football is not everything, but much also depends on environment."
But Jimenez was keen to add that he has no ill feeling towards Zola, saying: "Gianfranco Zola has told me much of Parma and wished me good luck."
Jimenez is expected to go straight into the Parma squad for their trip to Palermo on Saturday.