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Laurent Koscielny was adamant that he would leave Arsenal over the summer and Bordeaux chairman Joe DaGrosa has explained how his decision to join Bordeaux ‘transcended wage issues’.
The former Gunners captain refused to go on the pre-season trip to America with the rest of the squad as he forced through a move a year before the end of his contract.
Having been a loyal servant to the club since 2010, the Frenchman’s strike action came as something of a surprise, having captained Arsenal in the Europa League final at the end of last season.
However, DaGrosa has explained that it was partially the 34-year-old wanting to return to his home country, but also have assurances of his career after playing, with his family’s future in mind.
‘It really starts with Laurent’s desire to come back to France,’ DaGrosa said, via Get French Football News.
‘We were not the only club in France that he considered but Bordeaux was at the top of his list, but again, not the only one on the list.
‘His desire was to return to France, and particularly to Bordeaux where he has family, in the region.
I also think that this concerns this discussion on the subject of young players compared to more experienced players.
‘Laurent Koscielny rightly thinks of his conversion and I think that Bordeaux presents a great place for him to stay in the world of football in the decades to come.
‘We are therefore delighted to welcome someone of his level and experience, who has long-term goals with the club, after he has put an end to his sporting career.
‘These are things we told him about, and I think that was reasoned in him, and it transcended wage issues. Where does he want to go with his family at the end of his career?
‘So we convinced him and insisted that he came to a family, that he would feel at home, that he did not just come to a club.
’ Koscielny has started three Ligue 1 games for Bordeaux since returning to France, but it has been a slow start to the season for Paulo Sousa’s side, picking up five points from the first four games.