Gael Clichy: Manchester City Defender Discusses an Eventual Move to PSG

Christopher HallAnalyst IMay 11, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Gael Clichy of Manchester City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton at the Etihad Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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He won his first Premier League championship as a little-used member of Arsenal's famous "Invincibles" during his first season in London.

The then-teenaged Gael Clichy could be forgiven if he thought the trophies would flow after that. As it turned out, the French defender had arrived just ahead of Arsene Wenger's silverware drought.

After eight seasons spent falling just short, Clichy moved to Manchester City last summer. His first year at a new club is one win away from ending the same way his first season in England did: with the Premier League championship.

As he prepares for City's last game of the season against QPR, Clichy is thinking about his footballing future and where he might find himself.

His thoughts are returning to France.

"I'm not going to hide it," Clichy told Surface Magazine (h/t "Like I've said, Paris is the club of my heart. To say that I want to play for PSG is another thing, but as they say, football goes very quickly and we don't know what the future holds."

The parallels between Clichy's last move and any future move to PSG are pronounced. Clichy headed to a newly ambitious club fueled by oil money when he left Arsenal. PSG could be described in exactly the same words.

Clichy has been a stalwart in his first season in Manchester. He made 44 appearances across all competitions for Roberto Mancini and is clearly established at the top of the depth chart at left-back.

With his public declaration of love for PSG, Clichy is sure to fall under the ever-wandering eye of the French club's manager in the next few transfer windows. But to pry the defender away from City, Carlo Ancelotti would likely have to do much more than just wave a big check.