Former Arsenal veteran Full-back who has had over 200 caps with the Gunner has hit back at the media and fans alike following recent reports in which he was branded as ‘Greedy’ following his decision to join the Blue side of Manchester.
Bacary Sagna will be earning an extra £60,000 a week but insists quitting the Gunners after seven years is about seeking a new challenge and was never about money as perceived by many.
The 31-year-old who decided to exit the Emirates to join league champions City on a free transfer after seeing out his contract at Arsenal, had initially snubbed a three-year deal worth £90,000-a-week which was offered by the Gunners in a bid to keep a-hold of the Frenchman but all efforts by the Gunners and Arsene Wenger in particular proved futile as the defender went ahead with the switch in a deal that will see him earn as much as £150,000-a-week at the Etihad.
Now Sagna has angrily denied he is greedy and went to Manchester City purely for the money. Further insisting his desire for a different challenge in which he feels that he can get from an already complete Manchester city squad.
Sagna said: “First of all, I want to clear something up. I keep reading many things about me, about my salary and me being greedy. But I’m not.
“I stayed six or seven years with the same salary at Arsenal. It’s clearly not for the money. Personally, I just wanted a change.
“I wanted a boost in my career and I think it was the right time to do it. It was a difficult thing to do, very difficult. For me, Arsenal is my family, it’s home. It’s the club that made me grow as a player and as a man so it was not easy at all.
“But I will say it one more time – I just needed a change.”
The Frenchman although conceded to the fact that the challenge for first team action at the Etihad would be quite a fight considering the fine form of current City right-back – Pablo Zabaleta but insists that he is up to the task and would welcome the idea of playing second fiddle to the Argentine while making do with his opportunities when given.
“I will have to find my place, I will have to work really hard because I like to fight,” said Sagna.
“I have a fighting spirit and I will have to make my space because they already have a good right back in Zabaleta.
“I will just need to give the maximum just as I always did at Arsenal.
“It doesn’t put me off, it motivates me even more because this is football. Everyone is fighting to play. I want to have a good friendship, a big friendship with him, I won’t fight with him, we will have to play together, we will have to bring this team up.
“When I get the chance to play, I will give the maximum.”