Johan Djourou has admitted he could have earned more money by staying at Arsenal, but said playing regular football was the key to his move to Hamburg.
The Swiss international joined the Bundesliga side for the duration of the season yesterday, and told the official website that money was not his motivation.
“In London I could have earned considerably more money, but that wasn’t the decisive factor.”
With an offer on the table from Hannover, where he spent 6 months on loan last season, Djourou eventually plumped for Hamburg, saying, “Everything was just right for me at Hamburg. Above all, the sporting aspect convinced me.
“I want to play as much as possible and to improve, and this is why I can see the ideal conditions for myself in Hamburg.”
It’s a refreshing attitude from a player who has received a lot of unkind stick from fans but when you compare him to other players who have been content to sit on their holes and pick up the big pay cheques without ever contributing anything to the team, he deserves credit for that at least.
Again, good luck to him out there.