Fiorese hoping for comeback
By Laurent Picard. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Fabrice Fiorese is hoping to re-build his career with Lorient this season after his exit from Paris Saint Germain saw him come under intense criticism.
Fiorese became an instant hate figure amongst PSG fans when stating his desire to join Marseille - the club he says he has always supported.
His move to l'OM has not quite worked out but he is now back in France after a loan spell in Qatar with former boss Luis Fernandez.
Fiorese was roundly booed by PSG fans when he ironically started the season with Lorient with an away trip to his former club.
The striker had the last laugh though as he scored twice in a 3-2 win and he hopes his new club can help him rebuild his career.
"I have scored two goals for my first match with Lorient against PSG, which has been a huge surprise for me," Fiorese told skysports.com.
"I didn't expect that. It is the bomb for my confidence and positive for the future of the club.
"Lorient's summer recruitment policy has been clever. Ten players have signed, a mix of youngsters and experienced players that have things to prove.
"My aim is to achieve a great season with Lorient, in order to show my skills.
"I didn't want to come back to French football after my problems, but coach Christian Gourcuff has convinced me. I owe him a lot, and will pay him back."
Fiorese says he has no regrets about his departure from PSG, and says that then-coach Vahid Halilhodzic played a major part in his exit.
"I have given a lot to PSG, but the fans have disrespected me. I wanted to tell them to stop, that they have forgot the past. Let's turn the page. I hope they will stop booing me," added Fiorese.
"Regrets are not part of my vocabulary. I can still look at myself in the mirror.
"Paris coach Vahid Halilhodzic told me to do something I didn't want to. I have refused, so I had to leave. I will tell more when my career is over.
"This coach is a manipulator, he has always acted like this, and will continue.
"Yes, I said Marseille was the club of my heart but Djibril Cisse declared it too, and he has played for Auxerre and Liverpool.
"Playing elsewhere doesn't forbid you being a Marseille fan. Jean-Pierre Papin and Chris Waddle were my idols as a child."
After nearly joining Portsmouth on a couple of occasions, Fiorese has refused to rule out a move to The Premiership in the future.
"A couple of months ago I was about to join Portsmouth, with Alain Perrin as coach. But finally I chose to sign with Luis Fernandez in Qatar, because I am faithful to him.
"I think this league could have been a good one for me, because I love spaces and to ask for the ball a lot.
"But for the moment, I want to stay focused on Lorient's season. We will see later what happens."