Samir Nasri to Sevilla: Latest Loan Details, Comments and Reaction

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 31, 2016

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  Samir Nasri of Manchester City and Sandro of West Bromwich Albion compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad Stadium on April 9, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Sevilla have completed the signing of Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri on a season-long loan.

City confirmed the deal on Wednesday, with the former France international now hoping to rejuvenate his career at the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan:

Manchester City @ManCity

.@SamNasri19 has joined @SevillaFC on a season-long loan - good luck in La Liga, Samir! https://t.co/9NgFKEUM8k https://t.co/PX0jSuHjgP

Nasri has won the Premier League on two occasions with City as well as clinching the Capital One Cup in 2014, but his status at the Etihad Stadium has fallen considerably of late.

On the day Nasri's loan transfer was announced, Sevilla sporting director Monchi was quoted as saying his side had been working on the move all summer, but City delayed proceedings, per Goal:

If we are able to close the deal we will have signed a player that we have been chasing all summer. He’s a creative midfielder who can play as a winger or inside. He knows how to keep possession and, as well as the rest of our midfielders, can switch positions.

We’ve been talking for two weeks and at the last minute City wanted him to stay, that delayed the operation. He’s already passed the medical and I just need to see the documents.

Those comments suggest City weren't absolutely sure on whether to send the Frenchman out on loan, meaning he could yet have a future at the Etihad.

Despite not featuring in the plans of City manager Pep Guardiola, Nasri nevertheless holds a reputation as one of the club's most established puppeteers, per OptaJoe:

OptaJoe @OptaJoe

31 - Only David Silva (58) has more Premier League assists for Manchester City than Samir Nasri (31). Depart. https://t.co/lkl39unCgW

The former Arsenal ace was one of the most consistent attacking midfielders in English football at his best, able to dance around defenders with his exceptional dribbling ability and play in a variety of roles on the field.

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Sadly, those attributes haven’t been seen for a while. Nasri has suffered with injury problems for the last couple of seasons, and cementing his spot in the City team has been tough, especially given the arrival of players such as Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.

However, as we can see here, courtesy of OptaJoe, Nasri has been an effective attacking option since he arrived in England:

OptaCan @OptaCan

1 - Samir Nasri's Premier League stats since the start of the 2008/09 season. Gossip. https://t.co/lK1x5LBcAr

Guardiola has been ruthless in his assessment of the City squad, though, noting the 29-year-old was left out of pre-season fixtures because he was "a little bit overweight," per Jamie Jackson of the Guardian.

Nasri has enjoyed many memorable moments at City.
Nasri has enjoyed many memorable moments at City.Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Sevilla manager Jorge Sampaoli will be desperate to get the former Gunner in shape and back to his best. The midfielder still possesses the ability to glide past opponents and link up play in the attacking third.

Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe revealed some surprise at Sevilla's move for Nasri, considering the area of the park in which he plays is one he felt reinforcements were not essential:

Sam Tighe @stighefootball

Samir Nasri to Sevilla on loan. Because what Jorge Sampaoli desperately needed was another attacking midfielder 😂

Nasri departs City having enjoyed some memorable moments, most notably his strike against AS Roma in the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League and his goal against West Ham United to help the club clinch the Premier League title in 2013-14.

However, a change of scenery for the midfielder promises to inject some life back into his stuttering career.


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