Saturday, 16th August, 2014

Bacary Sagna has denied that his move to Manchester City this summer was motivated by money, explaining he remained on the same contract with Arsenal for six years.

The France international headed to the Ethiad Stadium upon the expiry of his contract at Arsenal, after resisting attempts by the Gunners to persuade him to pen an extension.

Sagna has been accused of joining Manchester City for monetary reasons, but the right-back has hit back at such criticism.

"I think it's the right move for me. I needed a change in my life. I needed to challenge myself and I know I will have to fight and train really hard to get into the team", he was quoted as saying by ITV.


"I knew I had to come, no matter what happened. I had already made my mind up, at the beginning of the season.


"It's not about the money. Can you find one player in Europe who stayed six years on the same contract? That's what I did and I never asked for anything", Sagna added.

The defender joined Arsenal in 2007 from French outfit Auxerre, quickly establishing himself as a fixture at the Emirates Stadium.

Sagna won his first and only trophy with Arsenal last May, when the Gunners ended a nine-year trophy drought by winning the FA Cup.

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