Next Game

Anderlecht v Arsenal

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group D

Emirates Stadium

Last Game

Arsenal 2 - 2 Hull City

Saturday, 18 October 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Sagna didn't move for money

Bacary Sagna has denied there was ever any financial motive in him leaving Arsenal for Manchester City this summer.

Last Updated: 16/08/14 at 09:14 Post Comment

Bacary Sagna: France star didn't join City for the money

Bacary Sagna: France star didn't join City for the money

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

The France right-back left the Gunners at the expiry of his contract earlier this summer and has since had to endure claims he was tapped up by City and left for reasons other than trying to win more trophies.

And he is ready for any more abuse that might come his way from Arsenal fans should he get to face his former side this season.

Sagna said: "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.

"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 admits his departure from the Emirates Stadium was an emotional one even though some fans turned on him after learning he had secured a pay-rise to around £60,000 per week with City.

"It was very emotional, not an easy move, but for me it was a personal choice and the right time," he added.

"It is not easy to read some comments on social networks. I know it's only a small minority and not all the Arsenal fans, but I feel I gave everything.

"If I was the first one then okay, but I don't know what to think. Every time a player leaves they seem to get abuse, but that doesn't represent the whole Arsenal family."

@big Dave, you keep quoting 'highest paying sports team'... This is now no longer the case or anywhere close. In order to comply with FFP, Mancini and his staff were paid off in full. It's been incredibly well documented that we had to pay contracts to players to attain our success. That is no longer the case, last summer saw the back of some huge wage earners. Tevez, Balotelli, Adebayor, Bridge, RSC, they were replaced by high quality but average earners. Navas is on a reported 44k, Negredo £60k, it was well documented that Fernandinho took a pay cut and I doubt MDM is earning anywhere near what Bridge did. Again this summer we have signed very good players for positions we need. I'm not paranoid, if you think The Sun is not quoting the highest figures, you're insane. Manchester City have been working incredibly hard to bring wages into line, it seems at odds with everything we are trying to do if we pay Sagna more than all our other defenders. I don't really need to argue, City's actions speak louder than words. As you may well imagine, just look at this thread, obviously Sagna moved to the most progressive club in England, Premier League Champions for money alone.
- charming_man

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

B

alotelli would've scored if the goals height was 3 times higher too...

footyfan52
Rodgers defends Balotelli

A

s if storey would ever get invited on a stag do

dooby
Does Wenger Know He's To Blame?

I

disagree. We sit here in our ivory towers looking down our noses at people we perceive tio be thick, but if Harry Redknapp and Tim Sherwood can do it, frankly, anyone can.........

HarryBoulton
Roy: Rooney can become manager

Footer 365

Government reveal plans aimed at making it easier for fans to run football clubs

The Government has revealed plans to establish a group of experts aimed at making it easier for fans to run football clubs.

Louis van Gaal felt individual errors spoiled a good display from Manchester United in draw at West Brom

Louis van Gaal felt that Manchester United produced their 'best match of the season', despite the 2-2 draw at West Brom.

Premier League: QPR forward Adel Taarabt criticises Harry Redknapp over claims he is unfit

QPR forward Adel Taarabt has hit back at manager Harry Redknapp over claims that he is overweight and unfit to play.

Mail Box

Reimbursing Fans? How Patronising...

It's something of a return to form for the mailbox with mails on Southampton (Liverpool fans are cynical), the gorgeous Graziano Pelle, Arsenal, Spurs and more...

Let's Face It, Liverpool Were Utter Dross

It's a reactive Monday morning Mailbox. Liverpool fans are getting pretty sodding worried, whilst we have the latest on the Southampton CRISIS. Plus, well done Michael Oliver...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property