Laurent Koscielny took a significant paycut of £23kpw to sign for Bordeaux it has been revealed.
Laurent Koscielny was determined to leave Arsenal this summer, so much so that he not only went on strike at the club he was captain, he also took a £23kpw paycut.
When he was at Arsenal, Koscielny was earning £90kpw.
Now, at Bordeaux, he is receiving €15m over four years. That works out at €3.75m-per-year or €72kpw. Converted to sterling, that’s £67kpw.
I’m sure it won’t be long until Kos feels like he can explain the thinking behind his actions this summer. It was extremely out of character for a player who gave a lot to the club (for which he was handsomely rewarded).
To go out the way he did after nine years at the club speaks to a problem somewhere, whether we agree with his interpretation of it or not.