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Manchester City defender Gael Clichy admits he would be open to a move back to Ligue 1 with Paris Saint Germain or Monaco.
Clichy previously turned out for Cannes in his home country before a move to Arsenal in 2003, where he made his name in the Premier League prior to joining City 2011 after eight years with the north London club.
But, despite being happy in England, the 28-year-old revealed he would find it difficult to reject a return to France should one of the big clubs come calling.
“It is one of my regrets that I have not played in the French Ligue 1,” he said when speaking to French website Foot Sur-7.
“I did play in the lower divisions but people didn’t really know me at the time and I have not sampled all the French stadiums.
“Who knows, Ligue 1 is now really attractive with PSG and Monaco and if the opportunity arises, I would be happy to play in France because it is my country. But I feel good in England. I like the English and the football is so passionate.”
Clichy, insists however, that he is more than happy with life at the Etihad Stadium and would remain with City for the rest of his career if he could.
“But I believe that the Premier League is the most challenging in the world and if there was the chance that I could play here for the rest of my career, I would sign today because if you are playing in the Premier League, it means that you are facing the best players.
“I train hard every day to remain at this level and I have been fortunate to play for Arsenal and now for Manchester City.”