Gael Clichy completes move to Manchester City from Arsenal
The 25-year-old France left-back signs a four-year deal with Roberto Mancini's Manchester City
Gael Clichy has completed his switch to Manchester City from Arsenal, signing a four-year deal with the Eastlands club after passing a medical on Monday.
The 25-year-old France left-back, who becomes Roberto Mancini’s first signing of the summer, said: “I am really happy to be joining such a great club.
“I hope I can add to the quality we already have here because we have a fantastic squad who I believe will continue to get better. I can’t wait to get started and I think anything is possible with this team.”
The deal is believed to be worth around £7m, and his former manager Arsene Wenger was quick to pay tribute to his contributions after eight years in north London.
“We would like to thank Gael for eight years of terrific service to Arsenal, during which time he gave absolutely everything for the club,” said Wenger.
“He has grown and developed so much since joining us in 2003, and has been a crucial part of the team over recent seasons. Gael leaves with our respect and best wishes. We wish him the very best for his future career.”
Wenger was reportedly keen to hold on to Clichy, however with the defender about to enter the final year of his contract and having indicated he was not willing to agree an extension, Arsenal opted to cash in.