Blackburn striker Benjani Mwaruwari claims there is “no trust” at his old club Manchester City and that some of their players are motivated primarily by money.
The Zimbabwe international agreed a deal with Rovers last week having been released earlier this summer by City, where he had spent a largely unsuccessful two-and-a-half-year stint.
With a raft of expensive new players arriving at Eastlands after he was signed in 2008 by then-manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, Benjani, whose time with City was marred by injury, was deemed surplus to requirements by the club’s current boss Roberto Mancini.
The 32-year-old forward has now proven his fitness sufficiently to win himself a contract at Ewood Park and while expressing his delight at earning another chance to play in the Barclays Premier League, Benjani has also taken the opportunity to fire a parting shot at his former employers.
Asked what it was like to be at City when they were spending so much money, Benjani said: “It sounds great, but in football money is not everything.
“What is needed is people who can hang around and love you to be there.
“Sometimes you are loved to be there because of money, which is not good. I would prefer to be here without having all those facilities, be happy and trust everyone around you.”
Asked if he thought some players at City were interested in money more than anything else, Benjani said: “Yes, it seemed like that and behind the scenes, there is no trust.
“I would prefer to play for a club where you are being trusted and you trust everyone around you.”