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.

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Bacary Sagna: France star didn't join Ci

Bacary Sagna: France star didn't join Ci

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

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