Samir Nasri Discusses Contract Negotiations and Future with Manchester City

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2014

Manchester City's Samir Nasri takes the ball down field during his team's 3-0 win over Swansea City in their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Speaking to French TV show Canal Football Club, Manchester City's Samir Nasri confirmed he has opened talks with the club to discuss a new deal that would keep the French international at the Etihad Stadium for the foreseeable future, as reported by Sky Sport's Patrick Haond

Nasri was quoted, saying:

We have just started talk so far. We didn't find any agreement yet. But it should be sorted out.

I want to stay. I can feel people appreciate me and the coach is trusting me.

The midfielder also spoke about his controversial move to the club from Arsenal in 2011, insisting he had no regrets and that money was not the main factor in his decision to leave the Gunners:

My departure from Arsenal? When you leave for a club where there is more money, you are supposed to be mercenary.

I took stock before I went to Manchester City, I was joining a club with Yaya Toure, David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez.

I spent three seasons at Arsenal without any title and at the end of the season we sold our best player that was Cesc Fabregas.

I don't want to be disrespectful, but I had a meeting with Arsene Wenger who told me to not be worried, he signed Gervinho and he will get reinforcements.

I preferred to join City and I won titles and indeed I earn a better living. And why not a second national title in three years?

I am very happy with my choice.

Nasri has been one of City's most valuable midfielders since joining the club, and he has been a driving force behind the club's title bid this season. With a pass completion percentage of over 90 percent (according to the French international ranks as one of the top distributors in all of football.

Often seen as brash and lacking the right mentality to play at the highest level, Nasri has also stayed out of the spotlights this season, perhaps hoping for a last-minute call-up to the French squad as the midfielder would love to join his compatriots at this summer's World Cup.

As reported by Julien Laurens for The Telegraph, Nasri seems to have ruined his chances on the international level with poor play and an even worse attitude, reminiscent of the saga that accompanied the midfielder when he moved from Arsenal to Manchester City in 2011.

But neither attitude nor bad play has haunted Nasri with his club this season.

The French midfielder sometimes goes unnoticed in City's star-studded lineup, but ESPN FC's Simon Curtis devoted an entire article to the importance and the brilliance of Nasri earlier this month, saying:

He has been one of City's top performers during this pulsating 2013-14 season and, along with Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho, is perhaps already deserving of the highest praise.

Nasri's darting, close control has become a major feature of the close passing game Manuel Pellegrini has bestowed upon this City side. To that he has added goals, a forceful new character on the pitch and the willingness to go in where it hurts.

Keeping Nasri at the club has to be one of coach Manuel Pellegrini's main priorities for the summer, as The Independent's Simon Rice reported Paris Saint-Germain had identified the midfielder as a potential target when former club manager Leonardo said as much in an interview with the Italian Gazzetta Dello Sport.

But now it seems like both Nasri and City are interested in coming to an agreement that will keep the former Gunner at the club beyond next season, and while it seems unlikely the deal will be finalised anytime soon, fans can rest easy knowing one of the club's top players is going nowhere.