City announced the extension on their official site. The release included comments from the former Marseille and Arsenal star, who said he's finally comfortable in Manchester and is looking forward to showcasing his best form in the years ahead:
I'm 27 now and if you listen to some of the best managers in the game, they say that a midfield player's best years are between 27 and 30 so I hope that I will give my best years to City.
It took me time to adjust to living in Manchester because when you move here from London, it is a big change, but last year everything was perfect—I enjoyed my football and I love living in Manchester, feel very settled and I think that showed on the pitch.
Nasri is coming off a campaign that saw him tally seven goals and seven assists in 34 Premier League appearances for the Sky Blues. He also chipped in a goal and four assists in seven Champions League matches, per WhoScored.com.
It was his most productive season since joining City, lending credence to his comments about taking time to get comfortable. Furthermore, WhoScored.com points out that no player in the Premier League completes more important passes:
Despite that success at club level, Nasri was left off France's roster for the World Cup. He was one of the tournament's most notable omissions as head coach Didier Deschamps opted for several less experienced options in the midfield.
While it's a major disappointment for the Frenchman, it could end up helping City. Without international duty, he was able to get rest many top Premier League players weren't afforded this summer. The snub can also serve as a major source of motivation.
As Nasri expressed, he should be heading into his peak seasons, which means it was a good move to lock him up for the long term now. Financial terms weren't disclosed, but as long as he produces on the pitch, that's not a major factor for a big-spending club like City.
The Sky Blues are slated to begin the preseason against Dundee in Scotland on Sunday.
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