Clichy completes Eastlands move
Manchester City signed left back Gael Clichy from Arsenal on a
four-year contract Monday, bolstering a squad that finished third
in last season’s Premier League and won the FA Cup.
Arsenal was forced to sell the 25-year-old Frenchman because he
had only one year left on his contract and could have moved on a
free transfer at the end of next season.
Clichy spent eight years at Arsenal after joining from Cannes in
August 2003. His ability on the left of defense was one of the
reasons the Gunners were able to allow England international Ashley
Cole to make a high-profile switch to Chelsea three years
Clichy was backup to Cole when Arsenal won the 2003-04 Premier
League title with an unbeaten record, making him at the time the
youngest player to earn a Premier League winner’s medal – aged 18.
He was the last member of that squad still with the north London
The transfer reunites Clichy with former Arsenal teammates
Patrick Vieira and Kolo Toure.
”I can’t wait to get started and I think anything is possible
with this team,” Clichy said. ”When I first came to England, it
was Kolo Toure and Patrick Vieira who took me under their wing and
really looked after me.
”Kolo would pick me up and drop me at home and his wife used to
cook meals for me. Patrick was always there to offer me advice, so
it’s wonderful to be back and at the same club they are at.”
City did not say how much it paid for Clichy. British media
widely reported the fee to be about £7million.
”I’m really happy to be joining such a great club,” Clichy
said. ”I hope I can add to the quality we already have here
because we have a fantastic squad who I believe will continue to