Former Manchester City and France left-back Gael Clichy signs an 18-month contract with Swiss company Servette… where former Arsenal teammate Philippe Senderos is sporting director!
- Swiss side Servette confirmed that Gael Clichy has signed an agreement until June 2022
- Clichy, 35, was a free agent after leaving Turkish champion Istanbul Basaksehir
- The move sees him join former Arsenal teammate Philippe Senderos
- The duo joined Arsenal in 2003 and were team-mate with the Gunners for seven years.
Former French defender Gael Clichy has signed for Swiss club Servette where his longtime Arsenal teammate Philippe Senderos is sporting director of his hometown club.
The Geneva-based squad announced that Clichy, 35, had signed a contract until June 2022 and was joining a side that are currently at the bottom of the 10-team Swiss Super League with just one win in eight games.
Clichy was able to sign for Servette outside of an official transfer window as a free agent after his contract at Istanbul Basaksehir expired this summer after helping the Turkish side win their first ever league title.
Former Man City, Arsenal and France defender Gael Clichy has signed for Swiss club Servette
The Geneva side announced that Clichy had signed a contract until June 2022
Clichy spent three years in Turkey after ending a six-year stint at Manchester City – where he won two Premier League titles in 2011-12 and 2013-14 and played 203 games for the club – in 2017.
Clichy told the club’s official website: “It is a great pleasure to sign for Servette. It’s an exciting challenge and I hope I can bring my experience and give everything on the pitch to help this club progress.
“I’ve been with the group for a few weeks already. I look forward to wearing the club colors as soon as possible.
Clichy (right) will join former teammate Philippe Senderos (second from right)
Senderos added: “We are very happy with Gael’s arrival at the club. Having been close to him during my playing career, I know all his qualities and his great professionalism.
“He will bring his experience of the highest level to a group in which he is already very well integrated.
“His knowledge of the demands of the highest level will be beneficial for our younger players who will benefit from his leadership. “
Clichy won two titles at Manchester City after leaving Arsenal for the Etihad Stadium in 2011
Senderos and Clichy both joined Arsenal in 2003, ahead of their Invincibles season, with the full-back finally leaving Emirates Stadium for Etihad Stadium a year after the former center-back joined Fulham.
The news comes after Clichy – who has also represented France 22 times – was spotted on the pitch for fifth-row French team Thonon Evian to take part in training in October.
Senderos spent a year in MLS with Houston Dynamo before returning to Switzerland.
Clichy joins as free agent after being sacked by Turkish champion Istanbul Basaksehir