Clichy counsels against City cash

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Arsenal defender Gael Clichy has warned star players against swapping the big four for the big money of Manchester City.

Clichy's former Gunners team-mate Emmanuel Adebayor has joined former Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez in joining Mark Hughes' City revolution, but Clichy is sceptical.

"I really believe if you are a player who thinks only about money then you could end up at Manchester City," the French full-back told The Sun.

"You have to think if you want to play for a big club and have your image or if you want to play for a good club and earn big money.

"I've been here six years and this is not the first summer where a club have spent big money to get big players. But it does not always mean a team will play well."

Adebayor has advised his new employers to consider Arsenal's Kolo Toure should they fail to tempt John Terry from Chelsea, but Clichy believes such a move may only make financial, rather than footballing, sense.

The Togo striker lavished praise on Kolo Toure - a player he feels Hughes would be well advised to move for.

"Kolo is a great friend of mine, he's a big player and a top defender," he said.

"He's been playing in the Premier League for seven or eight years now so he knows this league really well.

"If the manager could get him he can be exactly what this club wants and needs from him, I'm sure about that. I know how good Kolo is and I think what Manchester City need now is a top-quality defender like him or John Terry."

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