Gael Clichy: No regrets over quitting Arsenal for Man City

France defender Gael Clichy insists he made the right decision to quit Arsenal and join Manchester City last summer

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Gael Clichy spent eight years in north London Photo: Etihad Airways

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Gael Clichy believes his decision to quit Arsenal and join Manchester City has already proven to be the “turning point” in his career.

The 26-year-old started 28 of 38 Premier League games as the French defender made a significant contribution to City’s title success after moving to Eastlands from The Emirates in a £7m deal last summer.

Clichy was part of Arsene Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ side who won the English top flight unbeaten in 2004, but the former Cannes left-back only added a 2005 FA Cup winner’s medal to his collection since that triumph.

“It’s funny, but I am a vastly different player this year since I moved to City,” said Clichy.

“In my head, it is a turning point in my career. I wanted to see where it could take me. I do not regret it for a moment, as I have gained in self-confidence.

“It has been 10 years that I have played in the Premier League, which is not bad. I am champion of England and that is important in the life of a player, one feels stronger.”

Clichy replaced Manchester United’s Patrice Evra at left-back for France’s 2-0 victory over Ukraine on Friday night – but the City defender admits he is uncertain whether he has done enough to ensure a starting spot for the final Group D game against Sweden, with competition for places fierce.

“You have to ask the coach [Laurent Blanc],” he added. “All the better if several players can play in this position.

“If each of us plays in that role and we reach the final, we will all be happy I think.

“The coach has maybe his starting XI in his head but he knows that the others can make a difference.”

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