Les Bleus to Sky Blues: Sagna to City official; Team extends Kolarov too


Manchester City’s defense received a boost on Friday, one day after firming up their connection with a current defender.

Bacary Sagna confirmed his move from Arsenal to Manchester City on Instagram, and the team trumpeted its new player as a “hugely experienced defender.” He’ll wear No. 3.

Sagna, 31, stirred Gunner emotions in announcing his depature:

“I wanna thank the whole staff working at the club, the fans for accepting me so fast, making it smooth for myself and my family, my team-mates which I consider my true friends today and I had a great pleasure learning with them.

“Of course I wanna thank the coach Mr Wenger who believed in me, gave me his trust and clearly changed my life. Now, it’s time for me to move on and one more time THANK YOU.”

The team also extended Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov to an extension that will run through 2018:

“I am very happy and very proud of this new contract. I will give to this club probably the best stages of my football career and I am very happy that I continue with this club which feels now like my home,” smiled Kolarov.

Kolarov is 28-years-old.

City’s loaded up for 2014/15 already. With the moves made by rivals Chelsea and Liverpool, let alone what Arsenal, Manchester United and others achieve before August, the Premier League could reach new top-end peaks.