Honda: Menez is no Kaka on the free kick front

The Japanese star played down his on-field spat with the Frenchman, whom he had no problem overruling at a set piece for Milan this weekend

AC Milan star Keisuke Honda has played down his on-field spat with team-mate Jeremy Menez, claiming that his new San Siro colleague does not have influence the way Kaka used to.

Menez placed a free kick in the Rossoneri’s 2-0 victory Chievo on Saturday, but was overruled by the Japanese star, who promptly sent his shot flying into the corner.

Honda conceded it was risk to push his team-mate aside, but said it wasn’t as if he was stepping in front of club legend Kaka.

“I wanted to shoot it myself,” the midfielder told Corriere dello Sport.

“I knew it was a risk, but I was convinced of what I was doing. If it was Kaka, not Menez, maybe I would have left it.

“In the end, however, it does not matter who scores, but that the team wins. I'm happy because I'm finding consistency in my performances.”

The former CSKA star man now has four goals in six games for Milan this season and was singled out for praise from coach Filippo Inzaghi.

“All the credit for what Honda is doing is his,” Inzaghi said. “He’s demonstrating to me some impressive things from a technical and behavioral point of view. He arrives two hours before training and leaves two hours after.

“He has an incredible attitude and I am happy with him.”

Saturday’s victory was Milan’s first in four Serie A games, lifting them to fourth ahead of Sunday’s fixtures.