AS Monaco are flying high in Ligue 1, but their forward Valere Germain has admitted that he is finding it hard to watch from the outside.
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The former captain has, however, admitted that he is harbouring hopes of being the match-winner when the Monegasques face Juventus in the Champions League quarter-final.
Marseille-born Germain has been at the club since 2005, having previously featured for the likes of Chateauroux and Orleans.
He was influential as the club secured promotion from Ligue 2, but has gradually drifted towards the peripheries of the first team following the influx of big-money acquisitions.
Again, this season, he has struggled to make his mark on the side.
Despite Monaco going deep into the Champions League, Germain is yet to start in Europe and has featured for only 14 minutes during the club’s run in the competition.
In the league, he has started only nine matches and come on as a substitute in 15 matches.
“It’s a little tricky right now because I’m not playing so much,” Germain began, speaking to Monaco’s official website.
“It’s always frustrating when you’re not out there on the pitch or when you don’t get on as a sub, especially in the Champions League games, but that’s all part of the job, it’s competition.
“Things move very fast in football. I saw that last season. Though I hardly featured at all in the early part of the season, after that I got a good run of games.
“I’ll keep working hard and it’ll come,” Germain concluded, “maybe I’ll score the goal that sends us through against Juventus (laughs).”