Frenchman hits back at “greedy” jibes.
Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has denied claims that he left the Gunners to join Manchester City because he wanted more money.
The French right-back completed his switch to the Premier League champions on a free transfer earlier this month after rejecting the offer of a new contract at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal were said to be offering a weekly wage of £70,000, which is £50,000 less than what he will reportedly get at the Etihad Stadium.
Sagna, who played over 200 league games for Arsenal, says that he wanted a change to give his career a boost.
He told the London Evening Standard: “I’m going to clear everything up because I keep reading that I did it for money and I’m greedy.
“What I want to say is I stayed with Arsenal with the same contract since 2008 and I never asked for more money.
“For people who think it’s for money, it’s not. I just wanted to change. I needed a boost in my career and I think it was about time.”
Sagna won the FA Cup with Arsenal in May – the only piece of silverware that the Gunners won during his seven-year stay with the Gunners.
During the same period, Man City lifted two Premier League titles and two domestic cups.
Sagna could make his City debut against Arsenal when the two clubs clash in the Community Shield on August 10.