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Bordeaux chairman explains why Laurent Koscielny insisted on leaving Arsenal

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Laurent Koscielny
Laurent Koscielny returned to France this summer season (Picture: Getty Images)

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

The former Gunners captain refused to go on the pre-season journey to America with the remainder of the squad as he pressured by way 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 remaining on the finish of final season.

However, DaGrosa has defined that it was partially the 34-year-old eager to return to his residence 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 mentioned, by way of Get French Football News.

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

‘His need was to return to France, and significantly to Bordeaux the place he has household, within the area. I additionally assume that this considerations this dialogue on the topic of younger gamers in comparison with extra skilled gamers.

‘Laurent Koscielny rightly thinks of his conversion and I believe that Bordeaux presents a fantastic place for him to remain on this planet of soccer within the many years to come back.

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

‘These are issues we advised him about, and I believe that was reasoned in him, and it transcended wage points. Where does he wish 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, however it has been a sluggish begin to the season for Paulo Sousa’s facet, selecting up 5 factors from the primary 4 video games.

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