Laurent Koscielny’s decision to quit Arsenal transcended issues around financial remuneration, according to Bordeaux owner Joe DaGrosa.
The 33-year-old completed a £4.6 million move to the Ligue 1 club in August after a fractious dispute with Arsenal led to him refusing to go on the club’s tour of the USA.
The Gunners had wanted the former France international to see out the final year of his contract but when offers started arriving, several offering the security of long-term deals, his head was turned and mind made up.
“It started with his desire to get back to France and specifically Bordeaux where he has family in and around the area,” DaGrosa told Get French Football News.
“Koscielny is thinking about his future, and rightly so, for when he is no longer playing the game.
“I think Bordeaux presents a great place for him to stay in the football business for decades to come.
“So we would welcome someone of his talent, and skill and experience, to help us with our plan for the club after his playing days are over.
“That is one of the things we talked to him about and I think it resonated with him.
“And it sort of transcends salaries and compensations. It is about what is the vision for you and your family going forward.
“I think we made a very strong case that he was coming to a home. He wasn’t just coming to a club.”