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Sagna: It's not about the money

ESPN staff
June 26, 2014
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Bacary Sagna has hit back at claims he only joined Manchester City for the money by insisting he left Arsenal to benefit his career.

Sagna, 31, rejected a new contract with Arsenal to join City and signed a lucrative three-year deal with the Premier League champions.

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France international Sagna won a trophy in his final game as an Arsenal player, May's FA Cup final against Hull, but it was the only piece of silverware secured during his seven years in London.

City won both the Premier League and the League Cup last season and the right-back was keen to say finances were not a factor in his move north.

"I'm going to clear everything out, because I keep reading [claims] I left for money, I'm greedy, whatever," he told reporters after playing in France's 0-0 draw against Ecuador on Wednesday.

"All I want to say is I stayed in Arsenal with the same contract since 2008. I never asked for [more] money, so people who think that it's for money, it's not.

"I just wanted to change and boost my career, and I think it was about time."

Sagna, who made 284 appearances for Arsenal, will compete with Pablo Zabaleta for the right-back position in Manuel Pellegrini's team.

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