Clichy wants cups

French full-back targets trophies after leaving Arsenal for City

By Ben Collins.   Last Updated: 04/07/11 10:58pm

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Gael Clichy has set his sights on silverware and becoming an international regular after completing his move to Manchester City.

The 25-year-old left-back underwent a medical with City on Monday before signing a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £7million.

Clichy has become frustrated by a lack of trophies at Arsenal, with the Gunners having not won one since the 2005 FA Cup.

But City ended their own trophy drought by winning this year's FA Cup and Clichy aims to help the ambitious Blues to further success over the coming years.

"There is no limit at Manchester City," he told the club's official website.

No limit

"Of course, you have to be realistic but there is no limit. Where they have come from in three years is phenomenal. And I want to win things."

The form of Manchester United's Patrice Evra has restricted Clichy to just 10 appearances for France.

But the former Gunner believes playing in the same city as his left-back rival could boost his chances of representing Les Bleus more often.

"Patrice is a great player who plays for a great club. You have to accept this," said Clichy.

"Now, I hope it will be a different story. I am at a different club.

"It is not the fact he is in the same city but I am sure in France they will probably ask the same question.

"Hopefully my team will be the winner and that will take me higher with France."

With Wayne Bridge set to leave City this summer, Clichy is expected to battle it out with Aleksandar Kolarov for a starting role while Pablo Zabaleta and Joleon Lescott are also capable of playing at left-back.

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And Clichy feels not having enough strength in depth was a big factor in another disappointing campaign for Arsenal last term.

"My season was a bit like the team's," he added. "We started well and collapsed at the end of the season after the (Carling Cup) final.

"These things happen in football. That is why you can see the importance of having a big squad.

"We had a few players out at the same time. It was difficult to cope with that. We lost (Cesc) Fabregas and (Robin) van Persie at the same time.

"Sometimes it is difficult to have a lot of players because you have to leave some out. But you need to have a big squad to go all the way. That is why I joined City."

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