Manchester City have announced that Bacary Sagna will be leaving the club upon the expiration of his contract on June 30. The Frenchman is the fourth player to be announced as leaving the club today joining; Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas and Willy Caballero.
Sagna joined the Blues in the summer of 2014 on a free transfer after spending 7 years at Arsenal and went on to make 86 appearances for Manchester City. The 34-year-old started the EFL cup final last season, in which Manchester City beat Liverpool on penalties to lift the trophy, and has proved to be a dependable option at full-back over the past couple of years when called upon.
In his final season at the club, Sagna only managed to make 25 appearances in all competitions partly due to injury and also Pep’s constant experimentation with players in the position of right-back. Guardiola has expressed his desire to make recruitments in the summer with both full-back positions being particularly highlighted as key positions, so it will come as no surprise that Sagna was not offered a contract extension.
Speaking about his time at the club to the official Manchester City site Sagna said:
“It has been a privilege to play for this football club. I have enjoyed every moment of my City career and will look back on my time at City fondly. I would like to thank the staff, players and fans for making my three years so memorable.”
Although never a key figure, Sagna has proved to be a reliable option in defence over the years and I’m sure fans would like to thank him for his service and wish him luck in the future, wherever that may be.