Bordeaux chairman explains why Laurent Koscielny insisted on leaving Arsenal

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Laurent Koscielny was adamant that he would depart Arsenal over the summer season and Bordeaux chairman Joe DaGrosa has defined how his choice to hitch Bordeaux ‘transcended wage issues’.

The previous Gunners captain refused to go on the pre-season journey to America with the remainder of the squad as he compelled by means of a transfer a 12 months earlier than the tip of his contract.

Having been a loyal servant to the membership since 2010, the Frenchman’s strike motion got here as one thing of a shock, having captained Arsenal within the Europa League closing on the finish of final season.

Nonetheless, DaGrosa has defined that it was partially the 34-year-old eager to return to his dwelling nation, but additionally have assurances of his profession after taking part in, along with his household’s future in thoughts.

‘It really starts with Laurent’s need to come back again to France,’ DaGrosa stated, through Get French Soccer Information.

‘We weren’t the one membership in France that he thought of however Bordeaux was on the high of his checklist, however once more, not the one one on the checklist.

‘His need was to return to France, and significantly to Bordeaux the place he has household, within the area. I additionally suppose that this issues this dialogue with reference to younger gamers in comparison with extra skilled gamers.

‘Laurent Koscielny rightly thinks of his conversion and I feel that Bordeaux presents a terrific place for him to remain on the planet of soccer within the a long time to come back.

‘We’re subsequently delighted to welcome somebody of his stage and expertise, who has long-term targets with the membership, after he has put an finish to his sporting profession.

‘These are issues we advised him about, and I feel that was reasoned in him, and it transcended wage points. The place does he need to go along with his household on the finish of his profession?

‘So we convinced him and insisted that he came to a family, that he would feel at home, that he did not just come to a club.’

Koscielny has began three Ligue 1 video games for Bordeaux since returning to France, but it surely has been a gradual begin to the season for Paulo Sousa’s facet, selecting up 5 factors from the primary 4 video games.

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