Sagna: Nasri and Clichy convinced me to move to Manchester City

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Former Arsenal star Bacary Sagna has said Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy helped convince him to leave the Gunners and join Manchester City.

Bacary Sagna sought the counsel of an Arsenal alumnus when his Gunners contract was expiring and Gael Clichy and Sami Nasri both helped convince the French right back to follow their career path by swapping the red and white of North London to the sky blue of Manchester.

"Yes, I spoke to [Nasri and Clichy] many times," the 31-year-old veteran defender confirmed recently.

Clichy and Nasri both left Arsenal for Manchester City in 2011 - a transfer that has yielded good results for the pair as they have since been a part of two Premier League title winning runs, as well as a League Cup triumph.

In the same time span, Sagna has claimed a sole FA Cup winners medal and that ambition to be a part of a team challenging for superior honours is what inspired Bacary to join his compatriots at the Etihad Stadium.

"They knew I was free and wanted to move, and told me to come because they have a great team with a great mentality, who work hard and win trophies.

"I needed a change, I spent seven years at Arsenal and I had great times there but I wanted to start from the bottom again and work hard again.

"When you come into a team like this it's not hard to motivate yourself, I watched them celebrate last season and three years ago and I wanted to celebrate too."

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Sagna is not assured of first-team football under City manager Manuel Pellegrini as he will provide competition to Pablo Zabaleta for the primary right back role.

Mathieu Debuchy has since replaced Sagna at Arsenal.

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