Samir Nasri Completes Antalyaspor Transfer After 6 Years with Manchester City

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 21, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 26: Samir Nasri of Manchester City arrives prior to the International Champions Cup 2017 match between Manchester City and Real Madrid at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on July 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
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Samir Nasri has completed his move from Manchester City to Antalyaspor, it was confirmed on Monday

As relayed by City, the Frenchman has joined the Super Lig club on a permanent transfer:

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.@SamNasri19’s six year stay at #ManCity has come to an end. He’s signed for Turkish side @Antalyaspor. https://t.co/SlLqTIkBV9

Nasri spent the previous campaign on loan at Sevilla, having struggled to impress Pep Guardiola in his first summer at the club.

Indeed, the City boss noted that Nasri had returned to pre-season overweight. This summer, players in the squad were said to be unhappy that the Frenchman was involved on the team's pre-season tour.

"He has an arrogant attitude and doesn't appear to care," a source close to the team said about Nasri, per James Ducker of the Daily Telegraph. "He knows he will be leaving and he's turning out to be someone who shouldn't be on the trip. The club can't wait to get rid of him."

Now he's on his way and the Turkish outfit will be hopeful that Nasri alters his approach in his new surroundings. 

If he is focused and in form, the former Arsenal man can be a big asset. Per OptaJean, he was a key attacking influence for Sevilla during the 2016-17 season:

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450 - Samir Nasri completed 450 passes in the last third in Liga 2016/17, only Steven N’Zonzi (477) did better among the Sevillans. Nice? https://t.co/eF9cpKeNuD

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Jorge Sampaoli was a manager who brought the best out of Nasri. He entrusted the midfielder with important jobs, whether that be in a deeper midfield position or pushed higher up the field. Typically, the 30-year-old thrived, helping Sevilla finish in fourth place in the La Liga table.

However, there always seems to be baggage with the player. Aside from the weight and attitude issues, Nasri is being investigated for breaching anti-doping regulations, per Ducker.

Clearly, there are issues off the field to contend with, although Nasri will be hoping this move represents the chance of a fresh start. If he can focus on football and find his rhythm again, he will be a player to watch in the Super Lig this season.


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