Clichy reveals Reds snub
Defender insists money no motivation to Arsenal exit
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: July 8, 2011 11:43am
Gael Clichy has revealed he snubbed offers from Liverpool and Roma to join Manchester City.
The France international completed his £7million switch from Arsenal this week after signing a four-year contract with the Eastlands club.
The 25-year-old claims he had talks with Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli about a move to Anfield, while Roma also made him an attractive offer to move to Italy.
However, Clichy claims he made the decision to join City as he wants to continue playing in the UEFA Champions League and be competing for trophies.
"With Liverpool contacts have been very serious," Clichy told L'Equipe. "I had phone calls with Damien Comolli, I knew him for a while.
"With Liverpool contacts have been very serious."
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"Indeed, there was AS Roma too, with a nice project and an exciting proposition. But I wanted to stay in Premier League.
"I like football here and the state of mind. Moreover, City offered me the opportunity to play again Champions League. I don't know if it will be the case during the next two seasons, but next term I will play in it."
Clichy also refuted suggestions he only joined City for financial reasons.
"Money? I would have earned almost the same at Liverpool. The defenders' wages don't evolve a lot," he added.
"I can understand people believe money has been a key factor. It is not the case.
"Manchester City is a big club, with a big team, an ambitious club which wants to shine in any competition.
"Was I fed up to not win any trophy at Arsenal? No. I don't know if City will win anything, and maybe Arsenal will win the title next term.
"But I believe City has better weapons.
"At Arsenal, the end was frustrating. We were in all competitions until March and after we lost the League Cup final, everything collapsed.
"The Manchester City offer came late, but I didn't think a lot."