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Sagna ‘didn’t leave Arsenal for money’

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By Andrew Tuft

Thursday 26 June 2014

New Manchester City right-back Bacary Sagna has dismissed the suggestion he quit Arsenal in search of more money, ESPN has reported.

Bacary Sagna

Sagna rejected the offer of a new contract with the Gunners and instead made a free transfer move to the Etihad Stadium. The France international says he never pushed for a pay rise at Arsenal and simply fancied a change of scenery.

“I'm going to clear everything out, because I keep reading I left for money, I'm greedy, whatever,” Sagna said after France drew 0-0 with Ecuador. “All I want to say is I stayed in Arsenal with the same contract since 2008. I never asked for [more] money, so people who think that it's for money, it's not.

“I just wanted to change and boost my career, and I think it was about time.”

Sagna made almost 300 appearances under Arsene Wenger, winning the FA Cup in May this year, his final game for the London side. He has helped France out of Group E at the World Cup, with France due to play Nigeria in the Round of 16.

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By JOEL on 26 June 2014 at 18:32

There can be absolutely no doubt that the only reason he signed for Citeh was to take their money.Defensively and ,certainly, offensively he is not a patch on Zabelata and will be warming the bench for most of the season.I'm ure he'll get some game time but he falls into the same category as Clichy and Nasri as far as I'm concerned..a mercenary decision to play for a club where salaries are frankly offensive.That said I'm pleased that he's gone as his inability to cross a ball and his loss of pace since his second leg break meant that he needed replacing.But dithering Wenger would never have taken that step unless his hand had been forced to do so.Hopefully he will manage to buy a decent replacement with a little bit more defensive "nous" than the keen but fairly incapable Jenkinson.





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