Alex Song has admitted that he left Arsenal for purely financial reasons, knowing that he wouldn't get much game time upon leaving the club.
The Cameroonian midfielder spent six seasons at the Emirates after signing from French side FC Bastia in 2006 and made his breakthrough two years later, partnering with Cesc Fabregas in the Arsenal midfield.
Song became a fan favourite and due to his impressive rise in the team, Barcelona came calling and signed the midfielder for £15million in 2012, joining back up with Fabregas who left Arsenal the year before.
The 34-year-old recently admitted that it was the prospect of earning more money at Barcelona that appealed to him and didn't mind not playing.
Song revealed all in an Instagram live recently, as he said: "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," he added.
"I met Barca’s sporting director, and he told me I would not get to play many games.
"But I didn’t give a f*** – I knew that now I would become a millionaire."
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Song admitted he wasted a lot of his money at Arsenal, and wanted a higher salary to keep up with the big spenders: "I was at Arsenal for eight years but only began to earn a good living in the last four. That was because my salary went up a lot – but also because I came to realise what a waster I was.
"When I first joined them I was getting £15,000 a week. I wanted to rub shoulders with the big boys. I could shop wherever I wanted and have crazy nights out.
"During my entire time at Arsenal I couldn’t even save £100,000, while people thought I must be a millionaire."
The cash from Spain was enough to appeal to Song, who is still playing to this day as the midfielder is only 34, but finds himself playing for Association Sportive d'Arta in Djibouti.
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