How’s that for a swan Song?! Ex-Arsenal and Barcelona star Alex Song, 33, makes shock move to Djibouti club Arta Solar 7, eight months after being sacked by Sion for refusing a pandemic pay-cut
- Alex Song is back in football after being sacked by Swiss side Sion in March
- Song has signed a two-year deal with Djibouti club Arta Solar 7, in east Africa
- The 33-year-old midfielder will wear the No 17 shirt at the Djibouti Cup winners
Alex Song’s eight-month footballing wilderness is over after signing with African outfit Arta Solar 7.
The former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder has been without a club since March when he and eight other players were dismissed by Swiss club Sion for refusing to take a pay-cut during the coronavirus pandemic.
However, he is back in the sport after signing a two-year deal with Arta Solar 7.
Midfielder Alex Song has made a shock move to east African club Djibouti club Arta Solar 7
The ex-Arsenal and Barcelona man shared this picture of himself at the airport on Instagram
The 33-year-old had been without a club since March after being sacked by Swiss side Sion
‘I have signed a two year contract with Arta. This is an opportunity to promote Djibouti football,’ he tweeted.
The 33-year-old, who updated his followers with an Instagram story on Wednesday, will wear the No 17 shirt at the club and his arrival saw fans flock to the streets to greet him.
As well as playing, local media report that the Cameroonian will oversee the team’s youth development – a decision made after he met with the club’s president.
Arta Solar 7 play in Dijbouti which is situated on the east coast of Africa. The country itself is currently ranked 185th in the world out Fifa’s 210-strong list, while they are 51st in Africa – with only Somalia, Seychelles and Eritrea ranked lower in the continent.
Last season the club won the Djibouti Cup and finished fourth in the country’s top flight. As a result of their victory in the former, they have qualified for the Confederation Cup, the second-tier African club competition, where they will face Egyptian side Arab Contractors in the preliminary round.
Despite having been without a club since March before joining Arta Solar 7, Song still hit hit the headlines in May when he opened up on his obsession with money and revealed he ‘didn’t think twice’ about leaving Arsenal for Barcelona once he learnt how much he would be earning at the Camp Nou.
Song previously played for Barcelona, joining in 2012 in a £15million move from Arsenal
The Cameroonian midfielder joined Arsenal in 2006 and was inspired by Thierry Henry’s car
His move to the Nou Camp saw his wage increase from £55,000-a-week to £70,000-a-week
Despite being told he wouldn’t play much, Song didn’t care due to the increase of his wages
ALEX SONG AT ARSENAL
Song made the £15million switch from London to Catalonia in the summer of 2012, after six years at Arsenal.
The move to Spain saw the midfielder earn a pay rise from £55,000-a-week at Arsenal to £70,000 at Barcelona.
‘I met Barca’s sporting director, and he told me I would not get to play many games,’ Song said, in an Instagram live chat with professional basketball player and compatriot Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors, as reported by Cameroonian website Lion Indomptable.
‘But I didn’t give a f***. I knew that now I would become a millionaire. When Barcelona offered me a contract, and I saw how much I would earn, I didn’t think twice.
‘I always say, a young man of 20 who drives a Ferrari is poor, because at 20 you haven’t done anything yet. But a man of 50 who drives in a Bentley, is a man to respect.’
Song, who signed for Arsenal in 2006 and made 205 appearances for the club, has also revealed how he was blown away by Thierry Henry’s car when he arrived at training.
‘When I arrived at Arsenal… I arrived at training then I saw the king arrived (Thierry Henry) with a car but damn, the car was a jewel and therefore I told myself that I needed the same car whatever the cost,’ Song admitted.
‘I swear that after two months I had my car returned, all my money was going to fuel and I told them give me a Toyota.
‘When I got to training, Titi asked me “but son where is the car”, I told him “this car it’s not at my level!”‘
After moving to Barcelona, where Song won one La Liga title and one Supercopa de Espana, he moved to West Ham in two separate loan spells, and the defensive midfielder has also appeared for Rubin Kazan.
Song pictured on top of his Rolls Royce Phantom in 2015 – one of his many vehicles
Possession of cars are clearly important to the midfielder – judging by this Instagram post too
Song says Thierry Henry’s car at training motivated him to earn more and buy a better car
Song poses for photographers at the Camp Nou after competing his move in August 2012
The midfielder greets Barcelona supporters by signing autographs ahead of his unveiling
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