Gael Clichy has admitted that he turned down the chance to join Liverpool and Roma in order to move to Manchester City
The left-back joined City from Arsenal after eight seasons at the club, citing a need for a change of scene and the possibility of winning trophies as reason for his departure.
He maintains he did not choose City due to the money they offered, saying he could have earned the same amount had he gone to Anfield instead.
“With Liverpool, contacts were very serious. I had Damien Comolli, the sports director, on the phone, I have known him for a long time,” he told L’Equipe.
“There was also interest from Roma, with a great project and an interesting offer, but I wanted to stay in the Premier League.
“I like the football here and the mentality. And City offered me the possibility to play in the Champions League.
“I would have earned the same amount at Liverpool. I am a defender, I am not scoring 30 goals per season. Defenders’ wages don’t evolve so much, although there are some exceptions with [Rio] Ferdinand and [John] Terry.
“I get that people think that money was a decisive element. It is not the case. Manchester City are a big club with a big squad. It is an ambitious club which wants to shine in each competition.”
Clichy was part of the 'Invincibles' side that went a whole season unbeaten under Arsene Wenger, but have won nothing since they triumphed in the 2005 FA Cup final.
However, Clichy insists he left the Emirates on good terms with the club and believes they could win something next season.
He added: “I have nothing against Arsenal. I am not angry against Arsene Wenger, but I have been here for eight years – I felt it was the moment to leave Arsenal and that Manchester City were the good club.
“I don’t know if City will win something and maybe Arsenal will win a trophy next year. At the end of my career, what stays is the record of achievements.
“I think City is better fitted for that. [Arsenal] were in every competition until March, and then, after the loss of the Carling Cup against Birmingham, everything collapsed. City’s offer arrived quite late but I did not think too much.”