Bacary Sagna has stated that the desire to win trophies was one of the main reasons for his decision to leave Arsenal for Manchester City this summer.
Arriving from Auxerre in 2007, Sagna made 284 appearances during his seven seasons with Arsenal, helping the club win the 2014 FA Cup in what proved to be his final appearance for the club.
His contact expiring at the end of the 2013-14 campaign, the Gunners had tried to offer him a new contract, but the 31-year-old instead opted to sign a three-year deal with the Premier League champions, having been motivated by the opportunity to add even more silverware to his collection.
‘I was watching them celebrating last season and two seasons ago, so I wanted to celebrate at the same time,’ he told the club’s official website.
‘I really wanted to win trophies, so I wake up every day and give the maximum.’
With City set to take on his former club in Sunday’s Community Shield game, Sagna also denied it was a date he had capitalised in his diary, stressing he would be treating the fixture like any other game.
‘Not at all. To me, Arsenal is just another team we have to play and beat,’ he said. ‘Of course, it’s my old team but my team now is Manchester City and I will give my maximum. To me it’s a normal game.’
Sagna arrives at City finding Pablo Zabaleta occupying his spot at right-back, with the French international set for a battle to unseat the Argentine, who has been arguably one of the club’s most consistent performers over the years.
However, he has assured that the rivalry will be a friendly one, whichever player ends up seeing the majority of minutes.
‘He’s been great up till now. I think he was one of the ones who has spoken to me the most,’ he added.
‘I’m not here to fight with him. I’m just here to bring what I can to the team. Of course, one of us is going to play a bit more than the other but, for me, it’s not a problem.’
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