French midfielder Samir Nasri has extended his contract at Manchester City, penning a new five-year deal with the club. The Premier League Champions were keen to keep Nasri for the long term future as they try to defend their crown.
“I’m really happy to have signed this contract and to have committed my future with City,” Nasri was quoted saying on the club’s website via The Guradian.
“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,” Nasri added.
Nasri has enjoyed his stay the Manchester since his move from Arsenal in 2011 for £24 million pounds but looked and played totally different under Manuel Pellegrini last season, scoring 11 goals.
“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.
“That’s why I’ve agreed this new contract - because I feel very much at home. Our supporters have been right behind me and it gives me the confidence to play my best game.
“Now I’m looking forward to the new season and to defending our title again.”
Since 2011 when he joined the club, Nasri has contributed to winning two league titles and the League Cup, scoring 22 goals in the process.
The temperamental midfielder was ominously left out of France’s World Cup outing by coach Didier Deschamps - an omission that didn’t go down well with the player and his girlfriend at the time. France was impressive during the group stages - scoring eight goals in three matches - but could not go past the quarter-final stage as they lost to Germany 0-1.
The new deal is set to fetch Nasri a whopping £30m pounds over the course of five years which will also include bonuses. Nasri is back in Manchester and is motivated for the pre-season tour of the club to USA, a tour Pellegrini will use to harmonize the squad ahead of their title push. The squad is set to depart Manchester on the 21st of July.
Nasri will team up with new teammates Fernando and Caballero, whom City just signed in order to beef up the squad.
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