Gael Clichy has stated that he thinks Manchester City have acquired one of the world’s best right-backs by signing former Arsenal teammate Bacary Sagna on a free transfer, as reported by the Mirror.
Sagna’s contract with the Emirates club expired at the end of last season, and he trod the same path Clichy did several years ago to join the Manchester side.
Both players played together for Arsenal, and they both represent the French national side, with both having been involved in the squad for the World Cup.
Clichy thinks the addition of Sagna is a real boon for the club, with the right-back being, in his opinion, a genuine talent and possessing some high quality experience. City will be looking to improve as they try to defend their newly won Premier League crown.
He said: “From my point of view, it’s great.
“He’s a very good friend of mine. I played with him for Arsenal and the national team.
“As a player, I think he was a great signing. Of course he was free, so that’s a big thing. To sign a player like him on the free is something amazing.
“I think we have probably one of the best right backs in the last five years since he joined Arsenal. He’s strong, he’s a great defender. He’s good going forward.
“That’s the kind of player you look for as a club, and he’s old enough to bring some experience.
“I don’t want to say too much because he’s a good friend, but it’s a great signing and I’m sure the fans are waiting for him to put the shirt on.”
Sagna played 213 games for Arsenal before leaving the club, and won the FA Cup with the north London side last season as they beat Hull City in the final.