Speaking exclusively to FootballFancast.com, former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna has opened up on his reasons for making a surprise move to Serie A outfit Benevento.

What’s the story?

Sagna has been without a club since last summer when his contract expired at Manchester City but at 34 years of age isn’t quite done with football at the top level quite yet and has made the surprising decision to sign for Benevento.

The 65-cap French international makes the move to the Italian side on a six month contract, with a further year’s option.

It isn’t necessarily where you’d expect to see an elite defender end up given the club’s problems in the Italian top-flight this season. Benevento have managed to win just seven points this season and find themselves rooted a the bottom of the table.

For Sagna though, that appears to be part of the appeal.

In an exclusive interview with FootballFancast.com, Sagna said:

My career for the past decade has been at the very top level, what Benevento offers me is the opportunity to represent the underdog and to play for a club whose story is such a beautiful one. In an era when football has become more of a business at many clubs than an actual sport, Benevento represents the heart and soul of what a football club should be about. Passion, heart, hope, joy, love and a philosophy that is aligned to that of my own way of thinking in life.

After a month of money-grabbing in the January transfer window, it’s certainly refreshing to hear a big name player take a different route in the twilight of their careers.

Can he make an impact?

Less than two years ago Sagna started in a European Championships final so it’s fair to expect him to be a big boost to Benevento’s fortunes in the closing months of the season.

Defence is certainly where they need improvement too having conceded a monumental 49 goals so far this term.

With 12 points separating them from the bottom of the table and safety, it would have to take something special for them to avoid the drop this season.

If all their players have Sagna’s attitude though, it’ll go a long way towards tapping into that underdog spirit and perhaps produce a huge comeback story.



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John McGinley