- Alex Song stated that money was what made him to leave Arsenal for Barcelona
- The Cameroonian added that he was unable to have good savings at the Emirates stadium
- Song also explained that he knew that he won't get more games at Barcelona before he joined
Former Arsenal star Alex Song has finally explained the rationale behind his move from the Gunners to Barcelona eight years ago claiming he was motivated by the money involved.
Alex Song left Premier League side Arsenal in 2012 during the time the Cameroonian had integrated himself fully into Arsene Wenger's first team.
Before Alex Song got the chance to make the first team then at Arsenal, he sat on the bench watching Brazilian star Gilberto Silva who was Arsenal's best defensive midfielder.
Song eventually fought his way into the Arsenal squad playing behind Cesc Fabregas in the midfield and only missed four games in the 2011/12 season.
His performances then for Arsenal caught the attention of Barcelona chiefs who then went for his signing in which Alex Song accepted the deal immediately.
Arsenal fans were not happy then when Alex Song wanted to leave the club in which many appealed to the former Cameroon international to stay.
Song has now explained according to the report on UK Mirror that he was unable to reject the money Barcelona came up with for him to leave Arsenal.
He also explained that he had no savings while playing for the Gunners because he lived large more than his income which really affected him.
The 32-year-old added that there was even a time he competed with Thierry Henry by buying the type of his car, but he had to return the vehicle after two months because he could not cope.
"During my entire time at Arsenal I couldn’t even save £100,000, while people thought I must be a millionaire.
"When Barcelona offered me a contract and I saw how much I would earn, I didn’t think twice. I felt my wife and children should have comfortable lives once my career is over," Song explained.
Song added that he knew he won't play more games for Barcelona, but was nonchalant about that and was only interested in the money.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how reigning Spanish champions Barcelona have reportedly agreed deal with Italian giants Juventus over the transfer of Nelson Semedo to Italy which will also involve Miralem Pjanic and Mattia De Sciglio moving to the Nou Camp.
Although football activities are currently on suspension in Europe due to the disturbance of coronavirus even as the German Bundesliga have resumed their season.
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