Friday 13 June 2014
Manchester City have announced that full-back Bacary Sagna will join the club later this summer on a three-year contract.
The 31-year-old, currently in Brazil with the France FIFA World Cup squad, will complete his move to the Etihad Stadium from Arsenal after the tournament has ended. He will wear the No 3 shirt for City next season.
Sagna has been a key part of the Gunners squad since joining the London club from Auxerre in 2007. He made 213 Barclays Premier League appearances for Arsenal, scoring four goals, and started at Wembley Stadium last month as they lifted the FA Cup after victory over Hull City.
The right back announced his departure on Twitter, where he thanked Arsenal for "changing the kid I was to the man I am today".
He said Arsenal was a club that "taught me so much in seven years, a club where I had the chance to progress day by day".
He added: "Of course I wanna thank the coach Mr Wenger, who believed in me, gave me his trust and clearly changed my life. Now it’s time for me to move on and one more time, thank you."
Sagna is the first signing made by Manchester City this summer, as they look to build on the squad that claimed the Barclays Premier League title last season.