Sagna agrees to join Manchester City

France defender Bacary Sagna moves to Premier League champions Manchester City on a free transfer from Arsenal.

    Sagna made 284 appearances for Arsenal after joining them from Auxerre in 2007 [Getty Images]
    Sagna made 284 appearances for Arsenal after joining them from Auxerre in 2007 [Getty Images]

    France right-back Bacary Sagna will join Manchester City next season after agreeing a three-year contract, the English premier league champions announced.

    Sagna, who made his final appearance for Arsenal in FA Cup final victory over Hull City last month, will complete his move after the World Cup finals, the club said on their website.

    The 31-year-old made 284 appearances for Arsenal after joining them from Auxerre in 2007. His contract expires on June 30.

    He has won 41 caps for France who face Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras in Group E of the World Cup. France kick-off their campaign against Honduras in Porto Alegre.

    Lucky number three

    Sagna, who is being given the squad number three, is expected to join City's squad in time to join them on a pre-season tour to the United States. He wore the same squad number with Arsenal.

    He is the first major addition to his triumphant squad made by City manager Manuel Pellegrini.

    Commenting on Twitter, Sagna said: "Of course I wanna  thank the coach Mr Wenger, who believed in me, gave me trust and clearly changed my life."

    He described Arsenal as "A family to me... a club who taught me so much in seven years. A club who changed the kid I was into the man I am today."

    SOURCE: Reuters


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