Sagna: I needed a change


The French full-back quit Arsenal at the end of the season after the Gunners only offered him a contract worth £90,000 (R1.6 million) a week, compared to the £150,000 (R2.7 million)-a-week he will now be earning at the Etihad.

Yet Sagna was quick to squash reports saying he made the move merely for financial reasons.

"First of all, I want to clear something up,” said the 31-year-old. “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."

Sagna will be competing with first-choice Argentinean right-back Pablo Zabaleta for a spot in Manuel Pellegrini’s starting eleven, yet he is up for the challenge.

"I will have to find my place, I will have to work really hard because I like to fight," he said.

"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.”

Sagna is excited to link up with Ivorian international Yaya Toure, who he hopes will stay in Manchester despite rumours linking him elsewhere.

"‎To me, Yaya is actually the best midfield player in the world,” said the Frenchman.

“He is such a great player, he brings a lot of qualities to Man City Of course I would be delighted to play with him, he's still a Man City player so I don't have another point of view.‎"

Sagna is currently on duty with his national team at this year’s FIFA World Cup, where Les Bleus are preparing for their Last 16 clash against African champions Nigeria.